First 28 @ 19.2mph/1:30:35, Second 27 @18.7mph/1:26:39. Completely counter to my training rides there and my strategy which was to conserve on the front since it is a series of challenging rollers. Back has a lot of flat with some rollers and one hill in the 40-50 mile section. Whole ride was to be HR zone based, but some idiot forgot his HR strap at home.
Loop, starts with flat ride for about the first 6 miles the a series of rollers on rough roads for the next 20 - shift early and shift often. Turn onto Canyon road for a nice gentle climb then a great fast downhill to start the back half. Roads smooth out here for the first 10-13 miles then it is back into rough rollers and the biggest climb at Chalk hill at about mile 44. The downhill after Chalk starts steeply but then levels off somewhat but is very fast for about 2.5-3 miles. Then it is a few more rollers and onto the urban streets for a mostly flat finish. The run-in to T2 is fairly long (300 yds) so a good warm-up for the run.
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Shoe and helmet removal
13.1 miles |
09m 10s min/mile
Official results site has an error in the first/second half splits saying I did the first half at a 7:55 (in my dreams) and the back at a 10:26. Garmin data is more realistic coming in at an 8:44 and 9:44 respectively.
Loop with rolling hills and an inner loop through the La Crema winery vineyards. Aid stations every mile, well stocked and plenty of volunteers. At two spots homeowners had dragged hoses out and were offering to spray you down as you came by and there was a full 30' spray tunnel on the Le Crema property!