Training Camp 2019, Day 3
Day 3: Hills, Rain, and snow
Yesterday I reached out to Alex via instagram to find out what time they were meeting for a ride; 10:30am, and we’d be riding through Topanga Canyon to Stunt and Piuma. Great!
I’m staying in Mid City while in in L.A., and I didn’t realize how long it would actually take me to get to the meeting point. I left home later than I should have and arrived late; the guys were very generous and waited for me. Once I rolled up, we set off.
Spotted on my way to meet the group.
We rode along the Pacific Coast Highway for a bit, maintaining an easy rotating paceline. Riding along the PCH is awesome; very little need to stop since it’s a highway, and while there is a lot of traffic they are generally pretty respectful of riders and leave plenty of room when passing. When we reached Topanga Canyon Rd. we made a right to start the climb.
A few hills later, a quick glance across the horizon revealed a dark and ominous cloud approaching us. I didn’t think anything of it, I was having an amazing time riding outdoors!
We got to a firehouse with a water spigot and refilled our bottles while eating a snack. Snack time done, we got back on our bikes for some more climbing. As we rode, we realized we were riding into that dark cloud which had parked itself on top of us.
What started as big, fat raindrops quickly turned into big snowflakes as the temperature dropped. I secretly hoped it would stay dry and relatively warm, but the weather had other ideas. We were in the middle of a storm and it was SO COLD! The worst part was having to descend a steep road on our way back to the coast. Everyone was shivering, and Alex’s wheel exploded on the way down. We managed to get help from a driver who was heading down; Alex put his bike in the van (it wasn’t rideable) and we met at a gas station across the street.
The universe does provide though; the gas station had coffee and hot chocolate! As we slowly warmed up, people started heading back to the city. I waited until I could feel my legs and stop shivering before I rode back along the PCH.
It was an awesome day of riding. In the end, 4.5 hours and 64 miles.