I left the house over an hour after I had planned on leaving, but that's because I got a little extra sleep. My legs were feeling OK (yesterday they were hurtin' on my ride) but I didn't know how they'd feel on some hills. My plan was to ride down to the Garden of the Gods and back and pretty much that's what I did.
Took it easy on the first part to warm up and made sure I was drinking since it was going to be warm. I cut through the Air Force Academy to avoid traffic and went over to Woodmen Rd. Decided to climb Woodmen all the way to the top. Up I went. Pretty long climb that gets a little steep at the top. Fun coming down Centennial though! Saw Carley from Team In Training and gave her a shout out. When I turned on 30th this cyclist with the most amazing calves I have ever seen passed me. I couldn't help staring at his legs. Wow. A few minutes later I was in the Garden and stopped to take a picture.
|Kissing Camels is the rock formatino above 'Gods'|
|at balanced rock.|
|outside the Garden of the Gods Trading Post|
|Matt Carpenter wins 2010 Pikes Peak Marathon in under 3:52|
When I stopped at the thunderbird plane to take a pic, I ran into Dan from the Pikes Peak Tri Club. He's training for Ironman Florida and was doing laps of Stadium Drive. I found him around mile 68 so he was a little tired.
|Dan of the PPTC|
|If only I could ride as fast as this can fly!|