10,000 ft of climbing + 100 miles + 106 degrees = Giro di Pacifica Century Ride.
I joined my friend Katya (also racing LP – and she also lived in Delmar!), a few of her friends, and my friend Rachel for this organized bike ride around the South Bay. The ride started in Pacifica, went down the coast along Rt.1 to Pescadero, then climbed over the mountains towards Palo Alto (view full route). While we’ve cycled these roads before, this was a new overall route and we were excited about a fully supported ride (aid stations, SAG support).
Not only did we go through the new Lantos “Devil’s Slide” Tunnel on Rt. 1, but Katya’s friends won the “First Through the Tunnel” option and the small group of us got the whole tunnel to ourselves.
I discovered POTATOES. When you cannot stomach another cliff bar or Gu, try a boiled potato! White potatoes have a high glycemic index so they provide a quick energy burst and are easy to digest. They even keep in your jersey pocket. I’m thinking about adding some to my special needs bag for IMLP. Overall potato intake: Roughly 7 halves of small white potatoes.
I remembered to DRINK while climbing. I made it up Alpine road – the toughest 7 mile climb on the route – with no trouble, thanks to my consumption of nearly 2 bottles of sports drink. Much better than my attempt at Brockway Summit in Lake Tahoe with half a bottle of GuBrew that left me ready to vomit.
The HILLS… never… ended. There was a climb on Pescadero Creek Road leading up to Alpine. There was a good climb between the aid stations at miles 65 and 80. Oh, and just when we thought we were done – in Pacifica, turning back onto Rt. 1 with a mile to go – yup, you got it, one more little hill.
The heat. Seriously. 106 degrees? As one other cyclist said after our major descent, “It felt like I was cycling straight into a hot hairdryer.” Most of the aid stations had no shade or tents. I don’t know why I keep cycling in this heat. Right now, it’s close to flooding in the Lake Placid region.
Finally, the organizers did a pretty good job, but I do have to say it was disappointing that one aid station was not set up as planned and the aid station at mile 80 had run out of sports drink.
I’m hoping I can get in another 100 miles+ this coming weekend, with a lot less heat and hills!