Riding our way through Mission Bay. Not much traffic, just getting settled in.
We made our way through Pacific Beach, then up through La Jolla and on our way to Miramar.
Typical Mira Mesa traffic
Entering Rancho Penasquitos
The budding metropolis of Olivenhein
Encinitas - it's starting to get warm out.
Carlsbad - getting warmer!!
On the way to Control #3 at mile 44.6, I got royally dropped on a climb to the Aspiration Learning Center. The guy was riding a beach cruiser, with a bucket of golf balls, and a few drivers in his rack. I wasn't simply passed on a hill, I was totally dropped - much like Alberto Contador can do to Mark Cavendish on a climb! Once he goes clear, I hear this high pitched whine! Oh, it's an electric assist bike!! Whew...
Cal State San Marcos.
The temps are starting to climb! I'm dumping as much water over my head and back as I'm drinking. It's easily approaching triple digits. For once, I feel really strong. In my previous rides, riding in the heat hasn't been good to me. Leaving Control #4 up over Jesmond Dene, it's extremely hot on the Dene climb. It's easily triple digits, it feels like I'm riding in an oven. I stay hydrated and dump some water over my head. Luckily, there's a slight headwind to help keep me cool.
Old Highway 395, alongside the 15 heading into Murietta Hot Springs
Taking a left off the 395 to head towards Bonsall.
I stopped under the 15 freeway bridge to chat with a couple of riders. They told me the temp on their bike computers was 106! I knew it was hot, but oh my!
Once again, I didn't get any photos of a Control. I'll have to remember next time. I'm thinking it was the heat and the fact that wearing a helmet is really just a grade or two below of just riding with a styrofoam cooler on my head.
Leaving Control #5 - very slow moving traffic on the 76.
Simulating what my vision looks like after riding in 106 temps!
San Luis Rey bike path. Plenty of headwinds to contend with, but it's way cooler.
Riding with Mike.
San Luis Rey River
5 freeway and beach traffic.
Leaving the bike path and riding past Oceanside Pier. Must be a 20 degree temperature drop.
After all day feeling like a hamburger under a heat lamp, the beach feels fantastic.
Leaving Oceanside, I rode through the coast towns of Leucadia, Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar. Probably not in that exact order! :)
Torrey Pines hill. The last hill of any significance on this brevet.
Torrey Pines didn't seem so bad this time. I'm pretty much toast by now, just doing whatever it takes to keep turning the pedals. I'll have to ride through La Jolla, then back through Pacific Beach.
Almost done! About 5 miles left.
Once again, I didn't take a photo of the final control! I'm blaming it on the heat! I'm done, that's for sure. I don't feel totally hammered like I have in the past and I think I have the reason why.
Post Ride Analysis
I'm an IT Professional, I have to analyze, it's part of my genetic code! :) When I first started riding brevets summer 2008, I used a rack and trunk bag to carry stuff I thought I needed. After a couple of DNFs, I had a couple of people tell me I was carrying too much stuff. I wore a camelbak too, great for hiking the Grand Canyon, not so good on a bike. Here's the analysis of my previous total riding weight:
Surly: 29 pounds
Rack/Trunk/Fuel: 5 pounds
CamelBak: 8 pounds (100 oz + weight of backpack)
2 waterbottles: ~2 pounds.
Rider: 203 pounds
Total weight: 247 pounds going down the road!
Surly: 29 pounds
2 waterbottles: ~2 pounds