So, I know the majority of BFers rode the Cool Breeze on Saturday. And I read (repeatedly) all the comments on the air quality. Although I missed the group, I do not regret not riding. But by missing CB, I still had to get my CAM requirement for August. Fortunately for me, when I put out the feelers on the 100, Happylongtime (Joy) volunteered to create an Ad Hoc route in Palos Verdes. And lucky for both of us, Jason joined us (our boy toy for the day, yippee! ).
We all arrived at the park in Torrance and took off around 6:30am. It was cool and remained that way all through the morning, along the bike path into Santa Monica and back. Joy took us on side streets I didn’t know existed that were wide and less trafficked. The three of us hit a good pace although we did run into some pedestrian traffic on the path (even though the path is clearly marked “Bikes Only!” That drives me crazy!). The morning air was perfect and our first 60 miles very pleasant. We stopped for a sandwich at Subway (and got to meet Joy’s hottie hot coach, Dan) and took off for the one longish climb of the day, PV East, around 11:00am. That was when we encountered the muggy heat. Unfortunately for Joy, this is her hardest obstacle when riding. The woman is strong as can be, but once she overheats, it hits her so hard. She climbed steady but felt dizzy at the top of PV East. We took the descent (sweet) down and back to Malibu Cove and then decided to chill out for a half hour in the shade with cold sodas and chips. Joy needed that, and I needed the incredible neck, shoulder and head massage that Jason gave me (I see him being on all future rides!).
Once we took off again to finish our last 30 miles, my legs began to fatigue. I had ridden 81 miles on Saturday (with the last hour of it in unbearable heat), so I was not, shall I say, fresh as a daisy. The idea of climbing in more PV heat did not appeal to me. But I knew I had enough leg left to do it, even if I had to snail up any hill we encountered. Jason flew up ahead of Joy and me. As we rode along, she admitted it was just too hot and she was again feeling ill. I admitted that I was a little warm too and my legs were fatiguing. So, we made it our prerogative to change the route, and Jason, ever the easy-going lad, was fine with it. We turned around, headed back down to the coast and into wonderful cool ocean breezes. Our last 20 miles were at a strong pace, and when we finished, I definitely felt it in my butt and legs!
Last but not least, chili spaghetti at Big Boy’s and more massaging (Joy got her turn this time too). Great day, wonderful company, and I “almost” did my back to back centuries (a challenge that I still have waiting for me in the future).