Friday, January 25, 2013

Coast Ride Numero Dos

The start of it all...still smiling!
This past weekend we got together with 150 of our closest cycling buddies and ventured down the coast.  Mark and I did this last year for the first time ever and had a blast tiring ourselves out and riding 375 miles of California coast.  If you ever get the chance, this is a ride that can't be missed.  I say it all the time, but we seriously live in the MOST gorgeous place in the world.

This year would see more friends join us which I got VERY excited for...Sonja, Kendra and Grant came out from Colorado.  Beth came from Pennsylvania, and then I got to see Beth and Christine from San Diego.  AND BFF Jess was in for the weekend.  Wrap that up with the funniest writer of race reports ever in Steve and you had a recipe for a great weekend! All in all it was shaping up to be splendid!  Husband, what husband?  My friends are in town and buddy you are TOO fast for me these days...see you at breakfast and dinner!  Loved Mark's reports of "yep just ticking over the legs no real work today babe" I pant along and hold on to the wheel ahead of me for dear life...Yep, just another day ticking over the legs.  If only...

Beautiful CA fave
Quick recap...I got to seriously break in my new love, the Argon18 Gallium Pro...the guys at Argon18 have taken such amazing care of me and that bike is seriously super duper!  Day 1 129 miles and 6k of climbing...awesome and then was so excited about the day that I still had energy for dinner.  Woke up day 2 with way more energy than LY and not nearly as sore/swollen.  Day 2 gorgeous with 8k of climbing but the introduction of a knee niggle started and by the end of the day was in serious pain with any pressure on the pedal of my right knee.  Thankfully after I fell off the front pack, a very tall Pete towed me 45 miles into the hotel...Pete said it was windy...funny Pete, I wouldn't have known!  I owe that guy dinner. Day 3, knee no bueno, made it 17 miles to breakfast, tears ensued due to not being able to ride with my girls, skipped all of the climbing and rode the last 35 with my I got in 300 miles instead of 375 but 300 miles over 3 days is still MONEY IN THE BANK in the bank!

Post coast ride?  Not as tired as last year and only gained 5lbs instead of 7!  Progress people...I took NO salt tabs this year and only had Cytomax and water for beverages....oh and about a liter of Coke a day.  No 2 nutrition saw a liter of coke, a snickers, Cyto energy drops, fries, some grilled cheese sandwich...and this was all on the bike.  Don't get me started on the ice cream sundae after dinner!

Hopefully this past weekend was more than just an amazing time with friends and my husband, and will show up in March at Los Cabos, but even if it doesn't I wouldn't change a thing.

Happy Training!


Anonymous said...

I thought I tried to comment, but maybe it didn't work. Hope your knee is ok? I was down in your neck of the woods today.

hailey said...

knee is better thanks so much!

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