|Rolling hills of Santiago Canyon|
This weekend we set out for our longest ride yet (60mi) and I smashed it! We did 50 miles of this course in March and I struggled really hard. We've been training hard and I was hoping to feel strong the whole ride. I set out with a negative split in mind just in case and I wound up averaging almost 3mph faster on average than last time! That may not sound like much, but on a bike, every mph faster takes a lot of power! It's a beautiful ride from our house near the Back Bay on bike trails out to Jamboree and Portola and then out Santiago Canyon and back. If you're ever looking for a good balance of rolling hills (2000' climbing) and flats, this is a great ride. There's plenty of places to refill water and you can stop and use the facilities at Jamboree/Santiago Canyon.
Lately, Adam and I have been playing a game on the bike. Either I'll turn around early or he'll add an extra lap so that on the way back home I'm ahead of him. His goal is to catch up to me and my goal is to make it as difficult as possible for him. Since we both spend most of our riding time alone, this adds in a nice reason to push harder and both of us have been picking up the pace a bit and having fun. I was determined to make Adam work hard to catch me on the way back since I was feeling strong, and I did! :)