Saturday, August 9, 2008
On Thursday we went on our first ride.There is a good 5 mile climb in the middle of the ride up to Sant Marti Sacalm. This is a ride that some of the the pros do when they are training. Among the American pros, I think Tom Danielson currently holds the record and Tyler Hamilton held it before him. It is not really steep - just consistently uphill with no relief. I felt great and the weather was perfect - cool and overcast. Near the top though, my quads were screaming "stop! stop!" . The ride home was a struggle.
On Friday we rode toward the coast. A cyclist at a bike shop in town recommended this ride. It was beautiful and the coast was spectacular. Unfortunately, I was suffering because of my effort the day before, the heat, and not being used to the length of the rides. Nancy and her mom, Adela, picked us up near Tossa, our meeting point. We had a nice afternoon on the beach and I walked up to Vila Vella and did some sketching. The video above was taken along the road to Calonge.
I did a little more work on this sketch...