These Doubles dont seem to get any easier.
I left the house at 3:30am and got there in time to register and get to the 5am start line with 5 minutes to spare (A bit Close). I looked around but didnt see Marco and Ruth or anyone else I recognised. My plan for the day was to try to support my Team Mate Bill who was up for winning the Stage race overall.
The double started fast, really fast. I worked really hard up the first climb and took my life in my own hands descending down the other side in the pitch black and fog with the leaders. I managed to stay with the leading group of about 10 riders until half way up the Mount TAM climb where I got shelled out. I was pretty winded after trying so hard and was unable to get back on. I paid for my efforts for the rest of the Day and by 100 miles my LT band was pretty sore.
Most of the Double was dominated by fog, strong winds and climbing. I cant believe how much climbing there was, especially the nasty loop from Bodega Bay where I had my customary bad patch. I pretty much gave up on racing the double after the Bodega Loop but I got my second wind in Petaluma and put in an effort to try to get under 13 hours.
Time (Including Rest Stops) :13H 01m...DOH
Distance : 198.6
Climb : 16,213ft !!!