well, at least it is the last long ride with good weather! The heat is coming to the desert, which makes for some grueling hours on the bike. The combination of heat and long hours on the bike typically isn't a good combination for me. I've learned to do better with hydration, but it is still hard for me. It really has been amazing, however, that we have had such good weather up until this point. Typically, it is much warmer by this time of the year than it has been. I count that as a blessing! We will creep in to the upper 90's next week.
I rode 77 miles today. That is a short ride considering what is to come. I'll be up at 100+ on the bike in the next two weeks. I will stay at that for several weeks before I start tapering for the race. Doesn't that sound like fun??!! I did a lot of climbing today, which is always helpful. Not fun, but helpful! I got a flat on the way back down 9-mile hill. Another rider was kind enough to stop and help me, which turned out to be a blessing b/c i had some malfunction with my CO2 cartridge. If he hadn't of stopped, it could have been ugly!
I'm sure my run yesterday was my last long run with good weather, too! I will have to start getting up REALLY early to get my workouts done. I'll adjust!
9 weeks until the big race!