Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: In the foothills of Los Angeles County
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Climbing ride after the flu.
I had the flu, or some stomach virus starting Tuesday and fely pretty bad Saturday morning, but I had been looking forward to this ride for a long time, so I went.
This was a Los Angeles Wheelmen ride with 86 miles and over 7000 feet of climbing, but it's really much harder than that. They had a 100 mile option, too.
I felt slow early on but really suffered after lunch when the second set of climbs began. One of the volunteers, a very sweet 70ish lady, took very good care of me and others who were struggling along with me. She checked on me every few miles, giving me ice water and fruit, and basically talking me through a rough time. For the first time in over 20 years, I was ready to quit and wait for SAG, and would have taken a ride if I had been offered one, but the sweep cars weren't coming until later, so I finished.
One of the best supported and friendliest rides ever!
Lunch before going back up
Long time between cars on these roads
The profile; it really is harder than it looks