Remember this fateful day back in the spring? Breakaway has been in the back of my mind since I that day I quit. Looking back, physically I don't know if I was in any kind of shape to to conquer some of those hills, but the part that makes me mad was that I didn't try. I have had this medal hanging in my bedroom as a reminder that this is the weekend I have the chance to earn it.
Levi Leipheimer's King Ridge Fondo is this weekend - back in Santa Rosa where Breakaway was. While it is not the same course it is roughly the same in terms of difficulty - 65 miles, 3500 feet of climbing.
Since I started training for Foxys, I have defiantly put in the miles and gotten very close in terms of climbing this elevation.
Even though the ride is not until Saturday I am headed out there in a few hours for the "Fiesta del Fondo" fundraiser dinner. It is being hosted at one of the wineries out in Santa Rosa and Levi himself with be there. It should be a beautiful evening.
My plan tomorrow is to actually go out and drive the course to get a feel for what I am up against. I know it will be hard but I think if I can actually see the course ahead of time I will know what to expect. From the looks of the map above there is about 17 miles of really hard stuff. My plan is to take it slow and finish - even if it takes me all day. I am going to stop at the rest stops and just take it all in. Plus, look at the gorgeous views!
My 80 miler pushed limits I didn't know I had. Hopefully, I can take what I learned last week and apply it to Saturday.
Wish me luck!