Monday, February 11, 2008
Ventura Long Ride- Awesome!
I had the most amazing ride yesterday with some great riders, in one of my most favorite places- Ventura County. We met in Ventura in the early morning and started our journey just south of Main St in Ventura. We were going to head exactly 70 miles, down to Santa Paula, then to the 150 through Ojai, back to Carpinteria, and then head back south on the 101 to Ventura. It was 60 degrees when we started- only to get 80 or so by the peak of our ride- not bad for early February!
Our group was about 10- 1 joined us 15 miles in. His name is Chuck. He had just ran 25 miles that morning, so that is why he was late. His wife was on the ride as well. Most of the riders in the group are getting ready for the Solvang Century. I was riding Gonzales (my Kuota) for the first time this year- the innagural tri-bike ride. I was not hesitant to get on it again, after having not riding it (just my road bike) since September. I had had a problem with the front deraileur, so that is why I had it retired for as long as I did. But, I finally had my bike shop (Valley Bikes in Newhall- thanks guys!) put it back together for me, and it worked like a charm. My tush is kind of sore today, but to be expected on the smaller, firmer saddle.
The ride was so wonderful, not only because of the weather, but because I rode hard and there was a lot of climbing. I averaged a 145 HR for the entire ride, which was great for me- right where I wanted to be- and up to 175 on the climbs. Through the Casitas Pass, I pushed a bit, and had a LT workout of my own to the summit. I finished hard as we got on the 101 (I was taking pics along the way as well- on the bike---still riding hard, mind you) and finished the last 8 miles in 22 minutes. It was awesome!
Thanks to all for a great ride. Couldn't stay at Anacapa for a beer- next time, though. Thanks guys!
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