Friday, October 16, 2009
Rock y Road 50/50 V.3
Historically, this has always been the hottest race for the AES. I remember the first year when Mike F. and I started this race, each pedal stroke on the road bike seemed like it was going to be the last. I was prepared mentally to finish this race; physically, well, not really sure back then. I barely managed to finish that first year but not without having to rest about a dozen times as I was descending Mt. Lemmon. It's hard to think of another time in my life when my mouth has been so dry.
Last year, a similar situation emerged while riding the road bike. Again, the heat duplicated a similar road ride. The profile of Lemmon (seen below) is such that riding this loop (after getting beat up on the mountain bike) without stopping to rest is impossible.
That first part looks pretty easy, right? The colors (in Topofusion) is speed. Notice how the blue gets lighter and lighter? That means I am slowwwwwwing dowwwwwwwn.
The third annual Rock y Road 50/50 in all its "glory"...
The mountain bike course has been changed, but the premise still remains the same...ride ~50 brutal, technical miles on the mountain bike followed by riding ~50 miles on the road bike. Without getting too sentimental, I should probably add that this was my first "race" that I (and of course my friend, Mike F) ever put on.
I am looking forward to more starters this year! Anyone on the fence about the race, please come on out.
The forecast this weekend is not on our side again, 99 degree temperature. I think we are going to move this race back another week for 2010.