Saturday: I decided some time ago to ride from San Diego to Huntington Beach (80 miles) to visit friends, stay the night and then ride back. Unfortunately, we had a giant storm Friday night and the wind was still howling Saturday morning. 20-30 mph winds with gusts over 45 mph. The tri club cancelled the bike and swim portions of the tri and there were wind warnings on the news. Well, I decided to go for it anyway. Yup, crazy! It was bad. About 2 miles from my house, I was descending down a steep hill and a cross wind caught me and blew all over the road. Not fun. At that point, I decided to get to Solana Beach and then I could take the train part of the way. Only 12 miles away. Terrifying. I was going 9 mph on the flats into the head wind and it was not fun at all. Made it to Solana Beach, where it rained on me. :( Rode the train to San Juan Capistrano and then rode from there to Huntington Beach. Lots and lots of hills. The scenery was great, but it was still crazy windy and I had to white knuckle it up the coast. Finally made it. Forty miles took me 3:13 and felt like 140. Recovered with margaritas, tacos and gelato.
Sunday: Time to ride back home. Much nicer day. Beautiful, not too windy, sunny. I rode from HB to San Juan Capistrano solo. Luke rode the train to SJC and I met him there so we could ride back home together. Unfortunately, Luke missed the train he was supposed to take so we had to wait 1.5 hours til the next one. I spent the wait here:
Finally he showed up and we started on our journey. By the time we hit Oceanside I was hungry in a pretty serious way. We stopped and I ate a twix, hot dog, french fries, bites of Luke's fried fish, a Starbucks large coffee drink, and a scoop of rocky road in a waffle cone in rapid succession. Bad idea! I thought I was going to barf for the rest of the ride, which was thankfully short. In Carlsbad, we ran into Tammy, Todd and Don (Team Badass people), who were also out riding. Fun little surprise. Finally we made it home and collapsed on the couch. 120 miles in 2 days and I was beat!
Still feeling pretty fatigued today but trying to rehydrate for my swim tonight.