First, my congratulations to those of you who rode the first day of the FedEx Rock 'n Roll MS 150. It had to be a nasty day. And second, my congratulations to the MS team that was able to organize and get everyone home on Sunday when things really got bad.
I also want to again thank everyone for their comments and emails. I have tended to under estimate most things about this ride. One of those under estimations is how much I would value, enjoy, and be motivated by your messages. Thanks.
Recovery, recovery, recovery....I think that is the key to a ride like this and I give Mike Durner of Carmichael Training Systems in Colorado Springs full credit for the training program that got my speed up and my body adapted to recovering. Last night several of us were so crushed we called for pizzas, gathered up all the "floaters" (the 2-liter bottles that float in the coolers), and stuffed ourselves with pizza and soda. I got a massage. And I got 9 hours of sleep. Every time I woke up for any reason I forced myself to drink a small cup of water--I can go back to sleep with no trouble. All part of getting ready for another day (Mike continues to send me emails telling me to drink, drink, drink and he is so right).
When did 97 miles and 3,000 feet of climbs become an easy day? Today was an easy day. We started at 7:30 with leg and arm warmers and wind breakers with an immediate steep climb. Our route out of Ruidoso was the reverse of our route into Ruidoso but with fresh legs the climb was pretty easy. We did about 2,000 feet of up and downs at about 7,000 feet elevation before getting on this beautiful back road for Roswell. The wind was back today but not as strong (probably 10-15 versus 20-25 yesterday) and not quite as unfavorable (more of a cross wind to quartering headwind). Plus, overall, we would descend 3,000 feet in big rollers over the last fifty miles. Total climb was 2985 on my Garmin and 97 miles.
Hard to believe we have rode over 1,000 miles in the first 9 days. The trip is now one third over.
This is really open country. I saw buzzards (told them they were a day late), donkeys, men on horses herding cows, and no towns.
Roswell is famous as you know. I was planning on going to the UFO Museum but I read the description and it appears they are playing it straight. Too bad. I was hoping for campy.
Time to recovery.