So I unofficially came up with a New Year’s resolution … It’s been about 6 years since I last attempted a double century (and even more when I last completed the Triple Crown). I decided that no matter what obstacles come my way with work, and interrupting my training schedule, I am just going to schedule the double century, and if I’m ready, I’m ready. If I’m not in shape, and can’t finish it, so what … I’m not concerned with DNF’s any more.
With that in mind, I went out and did my first century of the year. I actually surprised myself, thinking I would return in the dark … I actually finished by 4:40 pm. I guess I’m not as out of shape as I thought I would be? One thing that did help was having the Crystal Springs Dam road go through, without having to do the Ralston Bridge detour.
I was hoping to make it to the Cliff House, or Land’s End before noon … I had delays getting out of the house, and wanted to leave by 7:30 am, but didn’t leave till 8 am. Oh well
Pressed for time, I scarfed down the sandwiches that I brought with me, then headed back the same way I came. I didn’t even want to look at the time … I just wanted to keep on moving.
I could feel the burn in my legs on the way back, by the time I reached Millbrae. At that point, I was sure I would be arriving in the dark. When I saw it was 4:40 pm when I got home, I was surprised. I made pretty good time. Time to keep it going.