Palm Springs reflections.
January did not end at the end of January, leaving us with very little time to train for New Zealand
. So we decided to cram all of our (pre-New Zealand) riding into one day on Saturday's Tour de Palm Springs
After the first 12 miles (up hill and into the wind), I was getting pretty worried. Fortunately, as usual, I was able to find a tandem or two (and even a triplet) to draft behind. After the first rest stop, we met up with our Santana
friends Mark and Maureen. Mark assured me that the next 50 miles would be down hill, and that the Tour de Palm Springs is the easiest century
ever. You would not think it would be necessary to point out that Maureen told me last year they were going to ride one century a month for the entire year...but it is indeed necessary; there is no such thing as an easy century. As a matter of fact, this century was 102 miles
long (my flight deck
measured it at 104).
Things overheard during the tour (some may have been spoken by me):
"This stopped being fun at about mile 45."
"I've been surviving the last 10 miles on packets of mayonnaise." (I certainly did not say that one.)
"I like peanut M&M's."
Our times were not impressive; somewhere around 8 hours total and 6 & 1/2 hours pedaling. But we finished, it didn't rain, and we can go to New Zealand next week knowing that we are in 100 mile shape.
PS: I did not really believe in frame flex
until I rode behind this very flexy triplet. Off in the distance, you might be able to make out some windmills
. The photo does not capture how fast they were all spinning.
Last edited by 72andsunny; 02-16-09 at 09:46 PM.