APRIL 4, 2009
THE LONG OF IT
I was anxious to get started on the 600km because my last two attempts at that distance had been really
tough. My biggest challenge is sleep deprivation. I usually have decent legs and the distance is not a concern.
Another reason I was anxious was that Brandy and I had done the first part of the series on a tandem. We
had done the 200km (125 miles), 300km (187 miles), 400km (252 miles) and I wanted to see where I was as
far as my fitness. Trans Iowa is on May 2nd and I haven't much time left to get ready for this 320 miles
non-stop off road race.
Many of you might recall that I fractured my thumb on Oct 30th. I missed my winter base building phase. I
typically build my mileage in November and December to prepare for the early season brevets. This year I
jumped right into the January 3rd 200km brevet with almost no base.
This was the first time I used Twitter during an event. I thought it was fun and luckily I had coverage at the
controls. People often ask me how I am able to recollect so much detail of the ride. Well it's really quite
simple. As I prepare my reports, I use the time stamps on the pictures and the mileage on the route sheets to
keep me on track with my story telling. For the 600km I didn't bring a camera so the Twitter log and my
route sheets will suffice.
A good group of riders were present at the start. There was a 200km available in conjunction with the
600km. There were familiar faces along with some fresh faces. I struggled trying to figure out who was
going long. I got to the the line just minutes before we were launched.
THE FIRST LOOP OCEANSIDE TO TEMECULA 78 MILES WITH 4800 FEET
Our first loop would take us from Oceanside to Temecula through one of my favorite roads to climb, De Luz
and De Luz Murietta. We would then go through Rainbow, Fallbrook and return to Oceanside. As soon as
we rolled off I noticed I was not getting a speed indication. Although, I was very familiar with the route and
needing exact mileage wasn't necessary to follow the route sheet I like seeing the mileage accumulate and it
motivates me. I pulled over and fussed with it until I got it working.
By the time I got my speed indication working everyone and I mean everyone was up the "road" -- we were
on the San Luis Rey Bike path or Oceanside bike path as most people call it. I had to chase pretty hard to
catch the lead riders. But every group I caught was not the lead group and I had to bridge again. Finally, on
Sleeping Indian (a very steep hill over 15% in parts) I saw the lead rider and focused on catching him. Along
the way I passed Josh and we said our hellos. I didn't recognize him at first because I had only met him once
in 2007 at the Eastern Sierra Double Century just two weeks before I did Race Across America on a two
person team. I was intent on catching the lead rider who turned out to be Michael Sturgill.
As soon as I bridged up to him I asked him his name and introduced myself so he would know I was on his
wheel. Soon after I noticed Josh had bridge up as well. It was around mile 12 and the three of us stayed
together for the duration of the event. We arrived at the Fallbrook control at 8:16 am 20.5 miles and 1610
feet of climbing.
from my Twitter:
Fallbrook control 20.5 miles
8:16 AM Apr 4th
The climbing from Fallbrook to Temecula is some of the best in San Diego county. We climbed and rolled up
and down culminating on Rancho California Road with a great view of Temecula. Old Town Temecula was
abuzz with people enjoying their morning. We weaved through the traffic and hit the control. I had a King
Size Snickers bar yummy!
from my Twitter:
Temecula control 46. 3 miles 3920 feet of gain
10:01 AM Apr 4th from txt
From Temecula we worked our way back to Oceanside through Live Oak Canyon, Green Canyon, Mission
and the San Luis Rey Bike path. It was evident to Josh and I that Michael was very strong on the flats. On
the bike path Michael would crank it up to 23-24 mph and all we could do was hang on. While you might say
that riding and drafting other riders saves energy-- and it does-- staying on Mike's wheel was really a huge
expense of energy. It was not the pace I would have gone and it hurt. MOre pain than you need only 70
miles into a 373 mile event.We arrived at Oceanside at 11:46 with 78 miles and 4820 feet of gain with a Total
Time of 4:45. I had a personal goal of 5 hours so we were 15 mins ahead of my schedule.
from my Twitter:
Oceanside control 77.93 miles 4820 feet of gain 4:45 tptal time
11:46 AM Apr 4th from txt
Once back at Oceanside we had to get our night gear i.e lights, reflective gear and cold weather gear. It must
seem odd to other riders that it is only 12pm and we have all this stuff with us. I had a little anxiety hoping I
would remember to take everything I needed for the next 154 mile loop. Not only can you be disqualified for
not having lights or reflective gear--IT'S JUST NOT SAFE! So I grabbed my Nathan Reflective vest, my
Nathan Acid Reflux, and my Nathan bands. For lighting I used the NiteRider MiNewt X2 and two batteries.
Not nearly as much light as the NiteRider Moab but I was hoping to hang on to Josh and Michael. About 17
mins after arriving at Oceanside we rolled out.
from my Twitter:
Rolling from Oceanside
12:03 PM Apr 4th from txt