Today my long bike ride was on the schedule and I hoped to cover 30 miles. After yesterday's long run in the sun I was concerned. Throughout the day yesterday I was stiff and sore and I wondered how I would fare today. But the weekend was coming to an end so what could I do? If I had to turn around early I would.
So I got up and drove over to Clairemont Mesa Blvd to meet my group. It was a small group today, just five of us. It was about this time that I discovered my two water bottles were back in the refrigerator at home...and on a hot day. Well, hot for San Diego. It would reach high 80s in the afternoon and be about 80 during my ride. This only increased my nervousness.
I did have a full sports bottle in my car that fit in my holster pretty well. That's about half of what I could easily drink and it was plain water. So I stuck it in and figured it was the best I could do.
Surprisingly, I was pedaling pretty strongly. The bottle popped out once but I retrieved it and it stayed put after that. Eventually I made it to my turnaround point (15 miles) and left the rest of the group. At this point I was about out of water and in (hotter) East county. Time to see what I was made of! Were heat-induced headaches in my future?
I rode towards the base of the most brutal hill on the route, turned a corner and....surprise!
There she was, cuteness herself. (Note: there's no good way to take photos during cycling)
Christine had not only noticed my lonely water bottle at home...she figured out where I was riding, calculated where I'd be and when, put on a tie dyed shirt, and came out to meet me. What a fantastic surprise!
I gratefully accepted the cold electrolyte water from her and powered through the final 12 miles. I finished the 30 in right around 2 hours.
Such a sweet one, she is! As a reward I took her out for dim sum, spending about $30 on her. Then we went out for a bit of car shopping (for me), where I will later spend about $30,000 (on me). Once again, it looks like I got the best of this deal. I think today my case is rock solid.