Well it’s a day before Santa Cruz Mountain Challenge, and I’m still questioning my sanity. This is a really hard century/double metric, with majorly difficult climbs, and I’ve only really been climbing again for the past 3 weeks. But this is a special ride. Karen and as bunch of other riders from Southern California are coming up to do this, so I cannot disappoint by not riding As Karen says, it’s an annual event, must do.
I think I’m OK to do the climbs, but don’t think my endurance is quite there. I’ll probably start with the first spur, then follow the rest of the metric century route. I’d still have to do Jameson Creek, which is tough even when I’m 100%, and it’s just before lunch. Man, what torture. I think I’ll channel my Andrew Talansky in me, off in the back.
I was going to try hitting some hills a week before the ride, but when I got to Boulder Creek, I got a flat, and thought it best to come back along Hwy 9, so that in case I got another flat, I would be in range of help. So no Jameson Creek prep ride .. I’ll just have to wing it.
The last prep I had was Montebello on Sunday, and Mira (which is only a short 0.5 mile climb but pitches to 20%). I figure a couple if days rest off the bike is in order (not even commuting in).
Longest I’ve done since my accident was 65 miles, and I figure this will be close to a full century. I’m actually pretty nervous about this …. About as nervous as I was for DMD, but for very different reasons. But I’m also excited to ride with Karen, Ramon, and the rest of the gang making the trip from LA.
Wish me luck.