Giro di San Diego – 106 miles 8,100 feet of climbing


What’s next for George “Red-Eyed Vireo” Vargas?  Giro di San Diego on September 16  106 miles 8,100 feet of climbing.  I will be riding my tandem.  It should be fun with Mount Palomar in the middle of the ride!

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Features of the Route

  • Length: 106 miles
  • Elevation Gain: 8100 ft.
  • Rancho Santa Fe
  • Del Dios Highway
  • Mt. Palomar via South Grade Road
  • KOM/QOM on Mt. Palomar climb
  • Rural East County backcountry
  • Pacific Coast Highway
  • Seven feed/water stations

 


 

I Don’t Have it THAT Bad


A couple of weeks I was out on a lackadaisical training ride.  I was feeling sorry for myself and then something caught my eye.  To my right I saw a yellow wildflower.  This tenacious little flower was at the base of a massive concrete utility pole.  I pulled over to get a closer look.  I was in awe as I admired its resoluteness.  I looked around and didn’t see sprinklers or any type of irrigation.  I thought to myself — wow this flower’s story is one of perseverance, persistence and downright determination!

So why was I feeling so sorry for myself?  No reason whatsoever!  That little voice inside my head said — GET BACK ON THE BIKE!  From now when I’m down or not feeling so great while training on the bike, on the J-O-B, or life in general, I will think of that little yellow flower surviving against insurmountable odds.

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