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Fredwina
07-23-2006, 05:31 PM
Friday Morning started out fine. I decided to be lazy and not ride. I watched the tour instead. It was a breakaway, which was what I was expecting, Got some housework before heading over to Tom and Sue's. We loaded up the truck and headed out with Fred and Sylvia.
We stopped and In N' Out in Newhall and had lunch. Got caught in Traffic in Santa Barbara. We were out of traffic and soon turned off 101 and onto highway 1 for the scenic cruise into Lompoc. Tom and Sue were surprised by how small Lompoc is(42,000). It's about the size of the town in Missouri where I grew up(Cape Girardeau). we checked into the hotel. Fred and Sylvia had to convince the clerk to give them another room. Some thing about hauling a tandem up to the fourth floor. we had dinner at Lompoc's only Italian place. We were all remarking how cool it was. It was in the 70's, compared to the 100's in Cucamonga . Guess I've turned into a Desert Rat. The dinner was uneventful, aside from the couple next table that left without paying. Carbo loaded up, we headed back for the Quality Inn.
In morning we all got up bright and early. Sue has managed to miss the Solvang century since she started riding, either due to illness or weather, so she was aksing me if we were on the Solvang route, which we were were for the first couple of miles. We were soon at the registration tables in Los Alamos. My line moved faster that there, so I was soon off riding.
I was setting a fairly brisk tempo up Aliso Canyon. We were soon going downhill and came to the intersection with Foxen Canyon and the Twin windmills that give the ride its name:
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I rode down Foxen and to the first rest stop with a Lady from Agoura Hills. Soon after we got we threre, Tom and Sue and Fred and Sylvia showed up on their tandems. I took off with them , and got dropped soon after wards. I was still maintaining a brisk pace. Sometime in the next interval, My bike started making a thumping noise. I first thought I had ran over some bubble gum or tar, and it would wear off. After about 10 mile, I got my bike and found a bulge in my rear tire. The SAG van soon pulled in behind me. I thought my century was over at mile 33.There was a reporter from the Santa Maria Sun in the Van, so I wound up giving an interview. After I had mentioned that this would my goal of riding a century a month short, Jody, the driver of the van, mentioned that he could give me a tire which he had gotten on a used bike that was Identical to mine that was at his house, which was only a block off the course in Santa Maria. I took him up on it. He offered to drive me back so I could still do a century, but I did not want to inconvenience Tom and Sue too much.
http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/6004/3126/320/wiindmill7.jpg http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/6004/3126/1600/windmill8.jpg We soon had the bike on the road and I pedaled a block to the second rest stop. I met Tom and Sue and Fred and Sylvia there and told them of my adventure. They, in turn, fed me the latest Tour De France news. The camera battery's also died. I was wasn't that hungry, so I had some Grapes and Strawberrys and set off on the next leg to Guadalupe. This covered some more of the Solvang route. It was dead flat , which meant killer headwinds. I spent a lot of time in the drops. Had some more strawberrys and some bananas there and took off again. I saw a sign that said the beach was only 4 miles. and I was feeling pretty good, so I figured Tom and Sue wouldn't mind if recouped my miles. I soon found the ocean and was soon back on highway 1, perking along at 20 mph.
All good thing do come to an end. We turned off highway 1 and were greeted by a 2 mile long 8% grade. My average speed went from high 16's to a measly 14.8 and stayed there. I made it up the hill, and found the fourth and final rest stop. We covered some more of the Solvang route before turning on route 135 to do to the 10 miles back to Los Alamos.
I think what happed next was that pushed myself too hard to see if I could get my average speed up above 15. It's a 1% grade all the way back, with very rough pavement. That, and I've lived out here long enough to lose my acclimatization to riding in high temps and high humidity. When I got back to the park, I could just barely make it up the hill. I wound stopping 50 short of Tom and Sue's truck. I more dehydrated than anything else. Another thing I should have done was to put my Camelbak in Fred and Sylvia's Fridge in their room. I soon managed to rehydrate myself,, and had some lunch. we had a break in Santa Paula, and were soon back in the Inland Empire, where it was a balmy 108 with a Thunderstorm
I started out with a goal of doing it under 7 hours. i had 6:20 on my heart rate monitor, but I only got in 93 miles. The “official” mileage was 96, so I didn't cut off too much. Still, I think I could do better
Next month: A Century With more “Cool Breezes”

Brandy
07-24-2006, 09:54 AM
Great report! I think that riding 93 miles in the heat on Saturday is pretty damn impressive, so you should be proud of yourself!!!

I have to tell you that during my ride on Saturday different riders would ride up and encourage me by saying that I would do fine at Cool Breeze and every time I would say...I hope that the century lives up to it's name and that there really will be COOL BREEZES!!! I've had enough of the heat and humidity!! :p

caligurl
07-24-2006, 10:05 AM
brandy.... i rode cool breeze in LONG SLEEVES last year! granted.... i unzipped for several of the climbs... but nonethless.... i was in long sleeves the WHOLE day and didn't keel over! lol! lets hope the weather is close to what it was last year!

fredwina... YIKES! their route is only mapped at 96 miles? i'd have been major TICKED off that i had to find another 4 miles to ride in order to be able to count it as a century! http://www.smileycons.com/img/emotions/153.gif if they are advertising a CENTURY... then they should give you a CENTURY! http://www.smileycons.com/img/emotions/153.gif

Fredwina
07-24-2006, 11:00 AM
If I remember right, UMCA (Ultra Marathon Cycling Association) allows you to count 95-105 miles as a century. The Stagecoach was also only 95 miles(at least they made turn aruond then). Palm Spings , Solvang, and El Tour De Tucson are all 105-110, so it all averages out.
Brandy, I'm getting a little of driving 100 miles for a ride, only to be greeted with same weather as if I stayed in the Inland Empire, Hopefully, CB will live up to its name

caligurl
07-24-2006, 11:07 AM
If I remember right, UMCA (Ultra Marathon Cycling Association) allows you to count 95-105 miles as a century. The Stagecoach was also only 95 miles(at least they made turn aruond then). Palm Spings , Solvang, and El Tour De Tucson are all 105-110, so it all averages out.
Brandy, I'm getting a little of driving 100 miles for a ride, only to be greeted with same weather as if I stayed in the Inland Empire, Hopefully, CB will live up to its name

if you rode out and back a second time (from lunch back to the turnaround... and that WAS on the route slip).... you got your 100 at stagecoach...

i don't care what UMCA says.... "I" don't call it a century if "I" don't ride 100 miles... if i were doing the CAM challenge... and i only rode 99.5 miles... it would not be a century! and for that matter... if i were doing the CAM... and did a double metric... i'd still count that as my century for that month.. cuz it's OVER 100 miles.... (i didn't do the turnaround at stagecoach... but you bet your butt i put it at the end... until my odometer clicked over 100... i had NOT done a century!)

hmmmmmm so if you talk about the "averaging out.... if i do 5 rides that are 120 miles... i've actually done 6 centuries cuz it averages out? no... ! lol! don't think so!

i'll bet if you take a poll... you'll find that there are very few people that will call 95 (or even 96, 97, 98 or 99 miles a CENTURY!)