Santa Fe Half Century 
Sunday, May 19, 2013, 06:01 PM - Weekend Fun
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Following a hard few days last week where Jeff broke his fibula playing soccer on Thursday and Jason crashed his motorcycling into a firetruck to avoid a large rock on a mountain road (hand, tib/fib, femur fractures), it was good to have some time to relax. I hosted the monthly wine gathering and selected a Mediterranean style wine and food for the theme. It was a smaller tasting than in the past (~dozen people), but I liked it because we could all sit around the patio table. (The ouzo was a little tough on Friday's bike to work day.)



Saturday I worked on reading my backlog of Wired and Outside magazines, house chores, and attempted to build a climbing area in the garage. I couldn't get the holds straight when drilling the rafters so the 3/8" bolts wouldn't thread right into the end caps and the botched attempt only led to a couple holds being tightened properly. Hey, it's a start!

Saturday night I went to see Briana sing with the On Q chorus and followed that up with a drink at La Cumbre with Harmony and Chris and then the On Q after party at O'Neils.

Sunday I was up at 4:45am, snatched a bunch of breakfast burritos for me and the gang (Frontier order #9 for the day), and drove up to Santa Fe with Tom and Mike. We met up with Josiah and Briana, Tyler, Kelley, and Katy for the ride. Mike, Tom, and Tyler did the full 100, but I elected to do the half century; it was the right decision with my knee tendon issues. Josiah and Briana were able to crush the first 20 miles of the downhill on the tandem because of the power of the configuration. I hugged their back wheel and we cruised past dozens of people at 20+ mph! At the first turn, the uphill portions of the rollers were enough to slow down J&B, and I found myself on the TT bars ripping it with a tail wind. I've started using Stava and I was proud to have placed 5 out of 96 on this segment with an average speed of 23.4 mph (even with a Gu break!). B&J and I stopped off for food and then finished the last uphill 20 miles back into town in force. The cross wind was rough, but I kept my cadence high and even tagged along with the lead peloton of the century for about 1/2 mile before being dropped promptly. I finished at 11:17am (2:48 moving time, ~3 hours total) and B&J came in two minutes after me. We killed it and passed a good 250 riders. Aside from the 6 BA centenarians, no one was riding as hard as I was - what a great feeling!




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