Only in the desert can you wake up to this...
Killer Weekend out in Borrego springs with TCSD.
Saturday: probably the hardest ride I have ever done, as far as intensity and duration. The motion based link doesn't really provide the true picture, but this does:
It all started out nice with a group of 20 or so. About 3 miles in, I mentioned to the person next to me that we were starting to split up a bit, and looked back to see who was with us. The gentlemen behind me looked me square in the eyes, and said with a rather firm voice "Don't slow down".
I thought to myself "Gonna be one of those rides I guess". Having not ridden in a group in forever, I figured what the hey!
I proceeded to not slow down, and before I knew it, there were 6 of us pace-lining through the southern california desert. When I got to mile 10, I realized I was already half way done with my fluids, and that the pace was relentless. "I have no business riding with these guys" I told myself. Then I thought "riding alone sucks a hell of a lot more". We kept a solid rotation going, and traveled the 28 miles to the salton sea in about 1hr 11min. We returned in much the same manner, only with a slight head wind.
After a hard fought 56 miles, I (and everyone else) can honestly say the cool down was harder than the rest of the ride.
Shortly after getting back to camp, a few of us headed out for a hike...
Desert Oasis! For real!
Inside the Oasis!
Continuing past the oasis leads to some waterfalls...
Ever wonder where a river ends?
Few random pics:
What is becoming typical triathlete attire - even in a social setting. (Kevin, really?)
The bi-annual TCSD marshmallow fight!
Sunday, we did "hill top challenge" (promptly at 9am), and let's just say climbing a steep hill made my lungs burn, and got me back to reality very quickly! No hangover either!
After pounding water and OJ like it was wine, Paul and I headed out on a solid 10 miler. I don't know if my HRM was not on correctly or if the wine from the night previous had EPO in it, but I have never run 8 min miles at 150HR for any duration, so I'll take it!
The rest of the day sunday was spent being shelled from the weekend, and loving every second of it!