OYJ Palomares (preseason 2010)

I was really looking forward this ride. It would be first time I’d done Palomares with the Yellowjackets when it wasn’t in the middle of summer. But right off the start, I was feeling weak and it was a long day of suffering in the saddle for me, again.
I feel like I should be getting stronger each week, and while the ride distances and climbing has certainly increased, my fitness seems to have decreased. Not really sure what’s going on unless it’s just a matter of getting a little older and not riding quite as much as last year. I have my first century in a about a month, so I better figure it out quickly.
I struggled up Leimert, BBR and Redwood Road. Dublin Grade was a slog and Palomares was simply a nightmare.
Sunol Steam Train
I bailed out at Castro Valley BART, but it was a wise decision. After 55 miles and 4000 feet of climbing, I started cramping up just after boarding the train. Never a good feeling.
Miles 58.13
Ride Time 04:02:48
MPH 14.4
Max Speed 40.9
Elevation Gain 4,388 ft
Flats 0
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