Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A Blustery Ride

Kevin and I thought climbing Palomar instead of riding our trainers sounded like a great idea. And it was. The climb was beautiful. It was 54 F at the base and 35 F at the top. It started drizzling about 500 feet before the top, but nothing terrible.

Descending was another story. Sleet, wind, rain, numb fingers - those five words pretty much sum it up. I stopped several times because I was shaking so bad I thought I might crash off a cliff.

I'd do it again in a heartbeat. A friend to ride with, hot cider that tasted amazing afterward, and some thank goodness we have heaters moments. Cedric made his first Palomar climb in classic winter fashion.

18 comments:

Amanda said...

so so so jealous! looks amazing, but i've heard from others that downhill is horrendous! hot cider? um, yay!!

Jennifer Harrison said...

I AGREE SO VERY JEALOUS! Glad you enjoyed it!!!

Running and living said...

Just awesome!

MM said...

Brrrr that looks cold. Poor Cedric.

D said...

Strikes me Ian should have been with you, but probably SoCal pussy'd out. Am I wrong? Not likely.

t-odd said...

That does not look "awesome" and I am in no way "jealous." Cold, wet riding only seems miserable.

But it looks like it was super fun for you guys.

Caroline said...

Yuck. You're a touch cookie! I hate descending that mountain in the cold. Last year I swore I'd never do it again when I got hypothermia and almost crashed into a car. You're a champ though!!! ;)

Teresa said...

I am just happy your fingers and toes are still attached. Brr!!! Hope to do it with you (oh and the boys) someday!!!

tn

Lisa G said...

It is those epic and mentally challenging workouts that can be drawn upon if and when things get tough on race day!

Jennifer Yake Neuschwander said...

Good story!

Nicole- Geek Turned Athlete said...

haha, and I thought today's ride was going to be bad for me with our rainy weather! Your's just seems downright scary!!

ADC said...

That is our typical weather. I hate it!!!!

Johnny said...

I’m just making my rounds to all the blogs I visit to say Happy New years and wishing you the best.

solarpowered said...

I'm not hard core like that on the bike, but that's the kind of run I love to finish. Sounds fun.

Happy New Year!!!

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

You and Kevin are rock stars! Glad you slowed down on the descent and didn't crash. Cedric is a brave little gnome :-)

GoBigGreen said...

Once you're wet, your wet:) Glad you made it down safely..is that little mexican place open in the winter? guess a burrito doesnt sound as good as cider or coffee!
Happy New Year Charisa!

Kim said...

ehmmm not sure how jealous i am of the cold and wet - but the views are gorgeous! stay warm!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

I would have enjoyed the ride up, not down, I do not like being cold on the bike.