I had the day off today so I decided to take a ride out to the other side of the island. To be more specific, I set my sights on Lanikai. I knew this trip would take me over 3 hills... Heart Break Hill, Makapu'u Lookout and the Castle Junction in Kailua. As usual, Heart Break Hill was a chore. That hill really gets me breathing hard. Shortly after Heart Break Hill I hit the hill leading up to the Makapu'u Lookout. That hill is not too bad, but it still gets me breathing hard. After the lookout I headed into Waimanalo and then to Castle Junction. The road leading to Castle Junction is a two step hill. I was expecting it to be bad too, but again, it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. When I got to Kailua Beach Park I took a couple photos then headed into Lanikai. All I could think about was that I had to head back through the same hills. Yeah, maybe they are not really that bad, but doing them on tired legs has a way to make those hills look HUGE! On the way back I cut part of the Castle Junction hill in half by riding through Enchanted Lakes. My quads were beginning to feel quite fatigued by this time. Worse, however, was my sit bones were hurting like a big dog. Thankfully I wore regular bike shorts instead of my triathlon shorts. I hardly ever wear bike shorts.
For this trip I only took 2 bottles of Gatorade. I drank all of it by the time I hit 40 miles. I also did not have breakfast. Ok, so next time I will have some carbs the night before a long ride like this and maybe have a light breakfast. I will also take my Camelbak Pack so I can carry more hydration.
After 52 miles I was glad to get home. Doubling training mileage without building a base is a challenge. I may have to do it again soon, though, as the Sharon's Ride for Epilepsy is right around the corner. I think the worse part of the ride was the soreness I got from the saddle.
Here are some photos from the ride.
Leaving the Makapu'u Lookout
Rabbit Island. Its Hawaiian name is "Manana" (which, btw, does not mean rabbit)
Clear waters below the lookout
Another photo of Makapu'u Beach and Rabbit Island
Sea Life Park
Keneke's - A popular health food establishment LOL!
Kailua Beach Park
Flat Island - A lot of folks use this place for training swims
The reason I took this picture is that you can see the
island of Molokai (my home). First of all click to enlarge.
Then if you follow the horizon all the way to the right,
you will see an island in the distance. That is my home island.