First training day for Haleiwa Metric Century: Hills

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There’s something I need to figure out about climbing hills and the effect it has on my body. I get close to cresting the hill at Kamiloiki and my skin starts to crawl and I feel like I might black out. I huff and puff. I’m asthmatic, so I wonder if it’s a lack of oxygen. Then I get to the top, shift back onto the big ring and power down the hill. By the time I’m down the hill and turning by Hawaii Kai Golf Course at Kalama Valley, I’m recovered. But it’s something that I wonder about.

John and I decided it was time to get serious about building my strength for the Haleiwa Metric Century, which will be Sunday, April 10, 2011. Last weekend we drove most of that route so I could get an idea. Last year I was supposed to ride along with John, but because I had ruptured my Achille’s tendon in February, I didn’t get to go. Instead, I hung out at the beach, in my boot, while the girls played in the surf. I remember seeing a whale in the distance out toward Kauai.

So today we started out rather late, about 9:45 a.m., and headed toward Kamioliki hill and Makapu’u lookout. When I turned up Kamiloiki, I said to John as he passed me that it didn’t look as big as it used to. And it’s true. But it was tough climbing it. Fortunately, I didn’t have to bail out onto a side street to catch my breath. I pressed on and was revisited by that skin crawling weirdness.

Just finished the second hill of the day, 20 miles to go.

I spun on my pedals going up Makapu’u simply so I wouldn’t go through that going up that hill, too. John always goes ahead on the hills and he was waiting for me when I showed up. The lookout and the hiking area to the light house were packed and parked up. It was quite busy. When we were through people watching, wave watching and waiting to see when a paraglider might take off, we took off since John has to work this evening. I reached 40.7 mph sailing down that hill toward the golf course. Wheeeeeee!!!!!

We then proceeded with our regular weekend ride to Diamond Head and back, including the valleys of Niu and Aina Haina. The coach was needling me quite a bit today. I guess that’s his job.

As always, it’s good to be on this side of today’s workout.