65m: Riding with Team Climb On

by Arlyn on May 31, 2008

I rode with the Team Climb On! boys today. I haven’t ridden with that group for awhile and it was good to see Andy, Firger and Chris again. After my bonk coming home from Julian, I was ready for some easier miles and these guys were happy to oblige.

We headed up the coast from UCSD under June-gloom skies, typical for San Diego this time of year. By the time we turned inland at Carlsbad it was clearing and was a gorgeous day as we came past Lake Hodges.

While climbing the three sisters in Fairbanks Ranch, a cyclist passed us. Andy was leading and he instinctively jumped on the rider’s wheel. I groaned, but followed. The rider saw us jump and increased the tempo. Andy was began to feel it and pulled to the side and waved me past. I got on the guy’s wheel and paced him up, with him looking back at me every once in awhile. Rather than be unsociable, I rode up beside him and made a comment about his Ironman jersey (ps – those Ironman guys are amazing, ride 100 mile, run a marathon all after a good 2 mile swim? Yikes!). Anyways, the conversation got him to ease up a bit (thank goodness) and he asked me, “Guess where I was last weekend?”. I kinda knew what would be next and asked, “Where?”. He answered, “Climbing Mount Ventoux!”. Kick ass! So I ask, “Guess where I’ll be in 2 months?… Climbing Alpe d’Huez and the Col du Galibier!” Needless to say this started us down a whole new path of conversation. He had gone with a tour company, similar to mine and had a fantastic experience with a big group of friends. Said it was a trip of a lifetime. I can’t wait for my trip :)

I said goodbye at the top of the three sisters and sat up for Andy, Firger and Chris. From my spot on top I could see Mt. Woodson, Black Mountain, the Del Mar Fairgrounds and the ocean. Life really sucks :)

Chris was starting to feel the burn – this would become his longest bike ride ever (congrats!) and Firger had a mechanical where he had to stay in the 53 chainring. No worries, it’s all downhill from here. We pootled our way back, enjoying the day. Here’s the elevation profile, not bad for an easy day.

To top the day off, Andy and I met his fam at Pizza Port for some tasty grub and grog. (I really need to get them on as an official sponsor of Team Climb On!) After a few slices of pepperoni/jalapeno pizza and a pint of tasty ale, I was more than ready for my nap. And hey, I should quit writing now and go take my nap :)

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Donald June 2, 2008 at 7:07 am

Sounds like a lot of fun. You must not be able to contain your excitement about your trip… climbing Alpe d’Huez and the Col du Galibier. My heart rate would increase every time I think about it even two months in advance. I’m shooting to do the same in two years. Again, you’ll have to keep us all posted on your experience with the tour company, etc.

Mark Firger June 2, 2008 at 11:06 am

Turned out to be 80 for chris and I. Wasn’t expecting that and didn’t think I had it in me (and I almost didn’t). Great ride, I really enjoyed it.

Arlyn Asch June 2, 2008 at 5:19 pm

@Donald: I will keep you posted. I plan on blogging from France from my phone :)

@Mark: You guys did a tremendous job. I enjoyed it too.

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