This day was full of beauty, lots of rigors, and some performance surprises, at least for me.
The beauty is captured in the previous post. The rigors included 7,500' of climbing, an elevation of 8,031', 148 miles, and 90+ degree temps.
This is the route profile for the first 123 miles. Click on the pic to see the feet of elevation gain.
Performance surprise for me was about my inability to ride but about half the route. My legs just couldn't do that kind of climbing back to back. My best understanding at the moment is my aging factor (described in the "Who's On Tour" post) and my nutritional disadvantage. My carbo loading options are minimal (no pasta, no breads, no desserts, no ice creams, no beer). In the non-tour world my way of eating is a quite healthy way of living. But on-tour there is just not enough fuel going in to turn the cranks. Chips, olives, avocados, chicken or tuna salad without dressing, and unsweetened iced tea can carry me only so far. Consequently I spent a number of miles today in the SAG truck. Again, sobering.