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AIDS/Lifecycle 9: Day 4

Day 4- Paso Robles to Santa Maria

I remember waking up on Day 4 and thinking, “Am I really going to do another century (97.7 miles) today?”  The strongest impetus for the day was reaching the halfway point between San Francisco and LA.

Hills

A few hills carried a bad reputation on the ride.  Thanks to training in Marin and climbing Twin Peaks, I took the hills quite well.  I was so well prepared, I even forgot to mention the “Quad Buster” on Day 3.  Myself and many of my San Francisco ALC group training ride friends considered the name “Quad Buster” a bit of an exaggeration. The CATSeries training rides consistently lead us over hills of equal or greater difficulty.

Day 4 lead us to the legendary “Evil Twins”, two hills right before the halfway point from SF to LA.  I noticed the first hill, climbed steadily and found myself at the halfway point asking “where’s the other evil twin?”  I expected another climb just as difficult, but it was all over.

Everyone stopped to wait in line and take the infamous “Halfway to LA” picture.  Whoop!

There were, however, some difficult hills that escaped the rumor mill.  Day 5 would bring the most challenging hill that I would personally experience.  Probably because we had been riding for so many consecutive days.  The climb was painful and the downfall so glorious.  I never before understood the definition of glory.

Bonking

I never completely bonked on the ride but came close on Day 4.  I know that most of it had to do with not eating at Rest Stop 3, the stop right after lunch.  I didn’t want to eat a snack, so I didn’t.  Probably a mistake.  They always say “eat before you’re hungry.”  Maybe I was sick of the snacks or just too full from lunch.

I started to bonk about 5 miles to Rest Stop 4.  I decided to get off of my bike and eat a Cliff Bar.  (I brought my own Cliff Bars on the ride to insure that I had a snack that I actually liked to eat.)  I made it to Rest Stop 4 pretty exhausted.  The theme was “Hotdog On a Stick”, which is apparently hotdogs and lemonade franchise.  Rest Stop 4 served us gummy hotdogs and lemonade!  The lemonade brought me to life and “The Hotdog Dance” helped raise my spirits.

I remember talking with a training ride buddy about how the miles were catching up with us.   We chatted with some veterans and apparently there is an unofficial cinnamon bun stop between rest stop 3 and 4.  According to them, the bun really doesn’t taste so good but the sugar carries you through the 20 mile stretch.  We sat in the shady grass until the rest stop roadies yelled that the stop was closing in 30 minutes.  I jumped up to grab my bike from bike parking.  Eek!  In my bonk-hazy state, I accidently parked my bike in the “Bikes to be Sagged” area.  Thank goodness it was still there!  I headed back to camp rejuvenated and ready to ride the next day, Red Dress Day.

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AIDS/Lifecycle 9: Day 3

Day 3- King City to Paso Robles

What I remember the most about Day 3 was the heat!  It was a short day (67 miles), but the heat took so much out of me.

Photo: Mike Casas

By this time, I was sure that self care during rest stops was essential for this kind of endurance event.  My rest stops usually included the following:

  • “Eat before you’re hungry.” The ride provided many snacks, most of it junk.  They did, however, always carry orange slices and “crack bars” (peanut butter and jelly graham cracker sandwiches).  After a few days, rest stop 1 busted out with the amazing “mystery bagels”!  I never really felt like eating their packaged treats but when they took everything and mixed it with peanut butter and jelly and spread it on a sub-par bagel, something magical happened.  I was really thankful for that snack.
  • “Drink before you’re thirsty.” Every rest stop had water and Powerade.  A lot of rest stops also had ice, which helped a ton on a day like Day 3.  To keep cool, I dipped my scarf it in ice water and wore it around my neck.
  • Port-a-potty.
  • Stretch. As a recommendation from my yoga instructor, Skeeter from Yoga Kula, I did at least one sun salutation at each rest stop.  I feel like this really helped to sustain me through the long days.  Downward dog, forward bend and cobra really helped to stretch my back… Plus the short meditation helped me regain focus and energy.  I also tried to stretch my quads and IT band at every rest stop.

    Reaching for a quad stretch Day 1. Photo: Bob Katz

All of the rest stops were full of enthusiastic roadies who always prepared the rest stops with creative themes.  Rest Stop 4 seemed to always be the most extravagant.  On Day 3, Rest Stop 4 really saved me.  They set up The Price is Right themed performance.  I used this time to sit in the shade, take off my shoes and socks, ice my neck and just relax.

When I got back to camp, after completing my return-to-camp routine, I claimed my 15 minute massage at the massage tent.  All riders are eligible for one sometime during the ride. The line was shorter than expected and I even got an earlier appointment by waiting around and filling in for a no-show.

The massage therapist asked me where it hurt.  I said my shoulders and my thighs.  He practiced some deep tissue massage on my shoulders.  It hurt so good.  After that, he moved to my thighs.  I screamed loudly.  He asked me if I had been using the foam roller.  Truth is, I had used it once on the ride so far.  He walked me over to the foam rollers outside of the medical tent and told me to roll out my IT band, my quads, my calves, the inside of my thigh from my groin to my knee.

Enduring the pain, I followed his instructions.  He came back and told me to repeat this every evening and every morning of the ride to save me from getting an injury.  I did exactly what he told me and had no injuries on the ride.  Infact, I felt great through Day 5 at lunch when I really started feeling it.  I’m sure that all of my training, rolling out, yoga and stretching, all kept me feeling good.

Later on that night, I started to get a menstrual related migraine.  (I’ve been having period related migraines on and off for a long time.  Traditional Chinese Medicine cured it at one point, but they started coming back.  I need to go get treated again.)  I had the tent to myself this night, since my tent mate decided to stay with a friend in a hotel.  If I catch a migraine early, I can usually cure it with a heating pad and over the counter medicine.  So I packed some Walgreen’s Heat Wraps and Excedrin Migraine.  When I woke up the next morning, I still had a slight migraine, but killed it with an overdose of caffeine!

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AIDS/Lifecycle 9: Day 2

Day 2- Santa Cruz to King City

Photo: Bob Katz

Day 2 was the longest day of the ride, 107 miles.  This would be my longest ride ever.  I felt good about the mileage because in the month prior, I had ridden two centuries at 100 miles and 106 miles.  I worried about the logistics more than the mileage.  I had to figure out how to wake up, eat, stretch, gear up, pack up and leave camp.  I knew it was going to be a process, but I kind of wish I had a little more practice before having to squash 107 miles by 7pm.

someone's cute tent decorations

My morning routine started out like this and pretty much stayed the same throughout the ride.

  1. 4:30am Wake up.
  2. Get dressed in my riding gear except helmet and shoes.  I kept my clothes in my sleeping bag, as everyone suggested, so that they were warm in the morning.
  3. Go to the port-a-potty.
  4. Get in line for breakfast/Get in line for coffee/eat.  After the 4th day, I had a harder time waking up, so I took advantage of Java Juice coffee extract in my water bottle first thing in the morning (wayyyy better than the coffee provided by the ride).
  5. Go to the port-a-potty.
  6. Pack up the tent/gear.  Put on shoes and helmet.
  7. Stretch. The first 2 days, I searched around for the yoga class that they announced would be in front of the medical tent.  The announcements were wrong.  Only the sports medicine people were leading stretching at the medical tents.  This stretching was sufficient but not the same as yoga!  From Day 3 on I joined “Daddy Witch’s Yoga Bitches” for a half our condensed yoga session.  This was AWESOME, one of my favorite parts of the ride.  After my free 15 minute massage on Day 3 I included using a foam roller as part of my stretching routine.

    Photo: ALC

  8. Fill my CamelBak with water and water bottle with Powerade (the official electrolyte drink of the ride).
  9. Go to the port-a-potty. (They were pretty gross by this time.)
  10. Go to bike parking and get a route sheet.
  11. Ride off!

This was pretty much my morning schedule every morning on the ride.

The Day 2 route was full of unofficial stops including skinny dipping!  It was a pretty hot afternoon and I really need a pick-me-up.  I found the bridge (somewhere around mile 80) that everyone was talking about, climbed under it and got naked.  There were maybe about 15 other cyclists in the river and I joined them.  One minute after I got in, a ride official came down and called us out of the water.  He stated that a bus full of kids crossed the bridge and the bus driver called the police.  The police then called the ride and the ride pulled us out of the river. I think one minute was just enough, though I would have liked to stay longer, to jump start my second wind.

The next unofficial stop came up quickly, The Cookie Lady.  Apparently this woman cooks thousands of cookies for us every year.  So amazing.  I decided to get the vegan oatmeal cookie.  Super good!  While I was chowing down, I overheard some cyclists who pulled in saying that skinny dipping was closed because of some other cyclists who ruined it for everyone.  I got a bit defensive. I felt like we were well behaved and parked appropriately. I told them my version of the story about the complaining bus driver who was offended by our nudity.  I hoped to somehow deflect their anger away from fellow cyclists, but I don’t think it worked.

There was a rest stop soon after the cookie lady.  I went for the port-a-potty first.  At this point, I was carrying my CamelBak in with me to the port-a-potty.  Gross, I know.  I thought it was perfectly safe because I was using my amazing pStyle to pee standing up, so I felt totally aware about where my bag was going.  Unfortunately, somehow, the mouth valve of my CamelBak fell of INSIDE the port-a-potty and fell on the floor.  Yuck!  Needless to say, I never carried my CamelBak into the port-a-potty again.

Good thing that the port-a-potty’s were probably the cleanest I’ve ever experienced.  I used some anti-bacterial hand sanitizer, handy wipes and water to disinfect my mouth piece until I felt secure about it.  I got so focused on disinfecting my mouth piece that I forgot to refill my water!

I was about 15 miles from camp and all I had was half a bottle of Powerade.  I tried to convince myself that it was going to be okay.  If I really needed to, I could flag some other rider down for water.  Chances are they may have more than what they needed.  There were also rumors about a magical tail wind on the last 10 or so miles.  I was optimistic.

The tail winds were real and I was flying down the road at close to 30 mph on  the flats.  Four miles from camp, my left foot started cramping.  I’ve been experiencing foot cramps on some rides over 80 miles.  Usually I just stop and stretch or massage my foot and I can continue.  I absolutely had to stop to stretch.  Other than my foot and lack of water, I was feeling great and ready to get into camp.

After parking my bike at camp, I immediately asked people where to find water.  I got pointed in one direction and when I made it there, they pointed me back in the same direction.  I really really needed water.  So I pointed at a random gallon of water and someone just gave it to me.  Phew.

Now for the approximate rolling into camp routine.

  1. Park bike.
  2. Inflate tubes with air. (A tip from Lynn, so I wouldn’t have to do it in the morning).
  3. Use port-a-potty.
  4. Go to tent and get stuff for shower. (Most days the tent was pitched by my tent mate who was a roadie and got to camp early.  I usually packed up the tent since she had an early shift to work.)
  5. Wait in line to shower/shower.  The showers were designated as either women’s or men’s.  I didn’t see any option for people who would prefer a non-gendered shower, though I didn’t ask.  I can’t say they didn’t exist for sure.  The lines for the women’s showers were long but moved pretty quickly.  Once inside, the showers were divided into little curtain closed stalls.  The hallway outside the showers is where we had to get dressed.  This was the biggest challenge… putting your clothes on and not getting them wet on floor.  Gross.
  6. Do laundry.  The first day I did my laundry in the sink.  This was actually against the rules but there weren’t signs on every sink.  The easier (kind of) thing to do was use the assigned laundry setup with buckets, laundry detergent a hose and a drain.  I had 4 pairs of shorts for the ride and I didn’t feel like recycling them without washing them.  The challenging part of doing laundry on the ride is drying your clothes.  Day 2 I was definitely not back in camp in time with much direct sunlight left.  So drying usually took me 2 days.
  7. EAT!  The veggie line always shorter than the meat line.  Dinner tasted great (even though they were a little heavy on the fake meats and pepper).  I always went back for seconds.
  8. Camp news.  Always very funny but always too long.
  9. Port-a-potty.
  10. Got ready for bed.  Prepared everything I was going to wear the next day.  Put in my ear plugs and passed out.
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AIDS/Lifecycle 9: Day 1

Oh my!  It’s been almost 3 weeks since I joined 1900 cyclists on a 570 mile bicycle ride From San Francisco to LA for the AIDS/Lifecycle.  I originally intended to blog from the road.  I even made a DIY iPhone bicycle mount to easily capture photos and video while riding.  After one failed attempt of daily blogging, I gave up and decided I had to focus on my basic needs.  Eating, sleeping, stretching and going to the bathroom.

The night before the ride I ate with Lynn at Big Lantern (General Meatless Chicken, YUM!) and got this fortune.

(Damn iPhone 3g has horrible micro focusing)

“A new adventure awaits you this weekend” was an understatement.  Doing the ride has profoundly changed my perspective on life and has helped me question where my energy is usually spent.   All the momentum, love and life generated by this ride makes me want to do more, be more involved in community and take more chances.

Day 1- SF-Santa Cruz

Day 1 started with opening ceremonies.  We all had to be there at the crazy hour of 5AM. My tent mate, Jynx, gave us a ride to the venue.  I’m happy that Lynn came along to see me off.

Opening ceremonies is pretty much a blur, as is most of the ride is at this point.  There was stretching, inspirational speeches, lots of crying and hugging.

Probably one of the most hellish moments of the ride was all 1900 of us leaving at the same time from The Cow Palace.  This was pretty much a cluster fuck.  The ride seemed to spread out a bit before lunch time, but until then, it was pretty frustrating trying to ride with so many people.

We rode down Skyline, as I generally do on my southern rides with Lynn.  I’m so familiar with the terrain that I can use it to my advantage.  Speed up on the downhill to help with the following climb.  Forced to abandon individual riding style and technique, I stayed single file with my fellow riders.  Passing was allowed on the highway but only within the shoulder, so passing wasn’t always an option.  I learned how to wait for an opportune moment, but bike traffic was one of the common challenges on the ride.

I felt pretty good throughout the 80 mile ride and made it to camp to find that my tent mate had already set up the tent.  (sweet).  I took care of showering, eating and writing a blog post on my iPhone which was immediately overwritten by the older version of my blog when my phone synced to the internet (bad program design).  I will assure you that it was 100 times more poetic than now (I even including a in depth comparison between my tears and condensation collecting on my eyelashes).  This was my last attempt at mobile blogging on the ride.

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Day 0

I just got home from Day 0, orientation. I went with my friend Jinx who is a roadie and my tentmate this year. There were lines for everything, but it was surprisingly painless.

The safety video made me cry.

I ran into Theresa and Tim from Carnal Nation and not only did they give me a Carnal Nation jersey that I’ll wear out on Day 1, they also were excellent company and gave me a ride home from the Cow Palace aka. The Boonies. We had to leave our bikes parked there. (seperation anxiety!)

I’m blogging from my phone starting now and expect my next update to be tomorrow. Thanks for reading!

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DIY iPhone Bike Mount

My imagination is getting carried away about how to blog from the AIDS/Lifecycle.  I figured out a long and complicated way to post updates here from my iPhone that include embedded video (see Mobile Blogging).  I was originally planning on just recording end of the day thoughts, like a diary, and posting them to my blog.

With my new set up, I realized I needed a handy place to store my phone besides my bento box because my Clif Bar kept getting stuck to it.  I looked into handle bar bags but realized that I don’t really need the extra room.  I started looking at phone mounts because it seemed like the lighter easier alternative.  Then I found the Dahon Biologic iPhone bike mount and started to drool.  I almost whipped out my credit card but figured that I’ve bought so much gear for this ride that I should look into some money saving alternatives.

After much internet surfing, I came up with an alternative that I could make out of stuff I already had.

  • CATEYE Flex Tight Mount (I’m pretty sure it’s this one)
  • discarded plastic container (you could also use a plastic card)
  • duct tape
  • 1 sheet of paper

Tools

  • scissors
  • printer

First I adapted the CATEYE mount.  I unscrewed the screw that held the attachment point on the mount.

Then I cut a rectangle out of discarded plastic packaging.  This plastic was used to hold a roll of electrical tape (Over-packaging, I know!).  You can use any stiff plastic you can find.  I thought that an old plastic card would also be good (think Safeway card or swipe laundry card).

Then I made a hole with scissors in the card (you could use a drill, but that might be overkill) and screwed the plastic rectangle onto the CATEYE mount.

Then, I made the case using the Lifehacker Print and Fold iPhone Case pattern.  I printed it out and then covered the back side with Duct Tape.  I cut out the pattern and started folding it and realized that I did it inside out.  So then I flipped it over with the paper facing outside and realized the case needed some adjustments.  I cut and taped the case until it fit my phone snug enough so that the phone wouldn’t fall out.  I didn’t worry about leaving holes for the speaker, volume or charger because I don’t anticipate using those while I’m riding.

Then I attached the iPhone case to the mount placing the case between the plastic rectangle and the CATEYE mount and then covered the screw with duct tape to prevent it from scratching my phone.

I decided to make the flap on the top longer so that it could close by tucking under the CATEYE mount.

This is what my iPhone Bike Mount looks like on my bike!  (My phone is not in it because I’m taking the picture with it.)

I loaded my camera in and recorded a test video.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkgunCapZjA]
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Mobile Blogging

I’m hoping to mobile blog during the ride. I’m still trying to figure out the best/easiest way to do it. There is a WordPress app for the iPhone, but it does not support video. For sone reason, I really want to do video blogging from the ride.

Here’s a photo.

Here’s a video [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyz8BZo5vbg]

And another! [YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tflt8YGhbvY]

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Marshall Wall

Yesterday I joined the ALC training training ride to Marshall Wall, the last ride in the CATSeries!  One of the reasons I haven’t gone on more group training rides is because they start REALLY EARLY in the morning.  I understand that the route opens early during the actual ALC ride, but it’s hard to get up at 4:30 in the morning during regular life hours (people got shit to do).

So, yesterday, I woke up at 4:30am to meet up with the group at 6:15.  I drank some coffee and tried to force some food down.  This was difficult, I wasn’t hungry.  I rode to Sports Basement (about 7 miles) and was annoyed that my food hadn’t settled yet.  Blah!  I got there a little late, the group stretch had just begun.

After stretching there is usually some kind of motivational, “this is why we ride” speech that always makes me cry.  This time, someone who works on the HIV hotline that the foundation supports, talked about a recent call from someone who just tested positive. I cried all the way to the bridge. I think it’s a combination of the way this epidemic has effected our community and the world and emotions about the ride being so close.

This ride began like most rides. Cross the bridge, Marin Bike Path, Camino Alto, Fairfax, Nacasio, Cheese Factory… blah, blah, blah.  The most nerve wracking part of this ride was the anticipation of “The Wall”.  Apparently there was this hill somewhere that got the nickname because it was so steep.

I began to anticipate “the wall” as I turned onto Marshall Road.  We were on this road for quite some time.  All there were were small rolling hills.  I began to question the existence of this “wall” and began  creating an elaborate story about how this was all a big joke on the newbies.  The wall didn’t really exist!  They just wanted to psyche us out.  I kept waiting for this hill and finally I got to it.  It wasn’t a joke.

It was a really long climb, and there were definitely some steep parts, but I wouldn’t call it a “wall”.  Maybe it was easier because of the disco support vehicles blasting ABBA, The Bee Gees and Gloria Estefan’s “Turn the Beat Around” (which I got stuck in my head for the rest of the ride).

The iPhone pic app has never really done justice to the views I see riding in the Bay Area, but here’s a view from the top of the wall right before it got even more beautiful. (P.S. If I can find a new camera before the ride that mounts on a bike/helmet, I’m going to get it!)

This ride felt great over all.  The disco support and our other support vehicle encouraged me along the way.  I also ate and drank very well, did yoga at very rest stop (!), and had a lighter more aerodynamic setup.

I didn’t really start feeling the miles until I hit the Marin Bike Path (about 15 miles from home).

This was amazing, the best I’ve felt on a long ride yet.  I take it as signs of getting stronger and learning how to take care of myself on the ride.  I’m super excited/overwhelmed for the ride.  All I have is a few Twin Peaks rides to go!  Whoop!

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Getting Ready

14 days till the big ride!

I spent the last week taking care of logistics:  shopping for necessary gear, lightening up my bike, getting a tune up, finding a return trip for my bike. (That reminds me, I need to find a return trip for myself!)

Stuff

I pretty much have everything I need by this point.  I love to camp, so I’m set in the camping gear department.  There are a couple of things I still want to buy.

I’d love an extra pair of cycling shorts.  I have two that I love and one that seems promising (I guess I’ll have to try them out on the ride).  My problem with shorts is that I don’t like a lot of padding.  I think it gets in the way.  Everyone kind of looks at me funny when I say that.  I think it’s because I have the BEST SADDLE IN THE WORLD!  The Selle Ldy.  It’s specifically a woman’s saddle, but so many men were using it that they now have a “Man” version (which looks the same, maybe a bit longer, and says “Man” on it).

I also thought I’d pick up an extra jersy, if there’s a good deal on one.  I’ve always wanted to try out the wool jerseys… but they’re hella expensive.  I think I’m destined to wash some of my gear on the road.

Lightening Up Bluey

New bike setup

My bike, Bluey, is a 2003 Terry Symmetry.  I originally installed a rear rack so that I could carry gear for bike camping!  I’ve been training with that rack and one pannier this whole season.  I love to over pack and feel a sense of safety from just having extra room to stash stuff.  This week, I decided to lose the weight and the wind resistance.

Simplicity is beautiful.  I removed the rack and added a medium seat wedge pack for my tubes (I need to carry 2 because I have two different sized wheels), patch kit and multi-tool.

So far, I have only used one water bottle in addition to my CamelBak , so I installed another water bottle holder and sawed off the top of an old water bottle to make another storage compartment.

I also figured that I have a lot of space in my CamelBack to put any extra layers of clothing.

I still have my Bento Box snack holder, which I carried my snacks and cellphone in (though I may want to consider a different place for my phone, since my Clif Bar got stuck to it all the time).

I’m seriously considering a small handle bar bag because I’d like to take pictures on the ride and want a handy place to keep my camera and or phone. I’d also like a handy place to keep a route sheet besides my snack bag.

More details on stuff to come.  I’m still gathering!

Tune up!

Earlier this week, I called around looking for tuneup availability.  Because I waited ’till the last minute, everyone was booked for at least a week and some ’till June 3rd!  This wasn’t going to work for me.  I still needed to train and needed some time to ride around and evaluate any changes.  I tweeted for some guidance and got a few good responses.  My new roomie, Mo, suggested a new bike shop he saw open recently, Treat Street Bicycle.  It’s a small single mechanic run shop with same/next day service.  How absolutely wonderful.  I love supporting the little guy.  Ben, the owner/mechanic was super nice and got my bike back to me in less than 24 hours!  Awesome.  If you need a mechanic with a quick turn aroud, Ben’s your guy!  Take cash, he’s cash only.

There are more logistics I have to take care of for the ride.

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Training Rides in Review

I’ve been so busy training and moving apartments that I haven’t been able to update my blog.  So here’s a brief summary of the rides I’ve been doing in the past month or so.

Twin Peaks

Point Reyes – 80 miles, April 18th

I decided to skip the last day of International Ms. Leather to ride to Pt. Reyes with Lynn to train.  We were going to do the 80 mile Tour de Cure ride at the beginning of May, so this was a good precursor.  The most lasting memory of this day was the intensity of the sun.  We bought some spray on sunscreen, but it was too late.

ALC Day on the Ride– 70 miles, April 24th

The day on the ride was really cool!  We went on this great route to the south bay and Canada Rd.  I wish I still have the route sheet, cause I’d do it again.  There was a significant amount of climbing and people who have ridden in ALC before said it was harder than any day on the ride.

Tour de Cure– To Benefit the American Diabetes Association Ride May 2 80 mi

Lynn and I rode in the Tour de Cure with the SF Citadel team.  I was pretty stressed out from moving apartments and the logistics of getting to Napa, finding a place to stay, and driving a car.  Once we got on the ride everything was great.  The sun was really really intense, but we were pretty vigilant about applying sunblock.  I drank a lot of water but I still got dehydrated.  The most unfortunate thing about the ride was the use of plastic water bottles.  This broke my heart every time I loaded up water into my CamelBak and water bottles.  I ended up with about 3 plastic water bottle carcasses at each rest stop and the beginning and ends of the rides.  I must have used 14 bottles of water.  This really upset me.  I need to give some serious feedback.

Other than that, the ride was great.  Near the end, I started getting some cramps in my feet and needed to stop and stretch.  After that I decided to get some Specialized Body Geometry footbeds for my cycling shoes, and they’ve been working great!

Fairfax and Tiburon loop- 63 Miles, May 8

Last weekend, I went on a solo ride to Fairfax and back around through Paradise Rd.  I ran into a lot of people training for the AIDS/Lifecycle.  Some of which just started training that day!  They looked strong, I’m sure they’ll be fine.

Point Reyes/ Cheese Factory– 93 Miles, May 9

Getting back on my bike for a 93 mile ride after riding 63 the day before was a little bit challenging.  I was sore and not as quick as the day before, but I had a lovely time with Lynn.  We snacked along the way including buying some cheese at the Marin Cheese Factory.  Unfortunately we accidentally got cheese that was supposed to be ready in 90 days, but we ate it anyway!

Petaluma- 101 Miles, May 15

I’m happy to have completed my fist century ever! Lynn and I followed the CATSeries route to Petaluma.  It was incredibly beautiful and hilly (climb of 8059 ft).  There was a section called Wilson Hill where I actually thought to get off of my bike and walk.  My relationship with hills has changed a lot since training for the ride and this was the first time since I started training considered walking up a hill as a viable option… Bu there was no way I was going to walk it.  I just kept at it and eventually met Lynn at the top of a beautiful vista.  It was like a fairytale.  I remember asking “are we still in California?”.

18 more days!