Two words describe my ride this morning: HOT and HILLY!
I started in Hawi and took Hawi road up to Hwy 250 towards Waimea. Hawi
road is stupid steep. I haven't had a chance to check the data from my Garmin, but at one point I looked and it showed my grade at 15%! (Interestingly, I mapped my route on MapMyRide, and it showed the climb no steeper than 11%. Weird.) I got a later start, (7:30am) so it was also stupid
hot, so it made for an uncomfortable initial climb. The wind was also
ever present. Eventually, the grade became a bit more reasonable (6-8%)
and I started enjoying myself much much more.
Once I broke the tree
line, the wind became very intense. It was coming from the side, and I
could barely stay upright. I was a bit disappointed because it was so
incredibly beautiful up there! The rolling hills of green grass pastures
and the blue ocean far below was epic. Alas, I was really struggling to
even stand to take a picture, so I knew it was time to turn around and
The descent was fun, but slower than I would have liked. I had
to be cautious of my speed due to the crazy side winds and powerful
sudden gusts. It was a shorter ride than I would have liked, mile-wise,
but I worked for those miles for sure!
I forgot to mention... The local pool here is closed for repair, so I am having a hard time figuring out my swim training. Yes. I am aware I am surrounded by an ocean full of water to swim in, but in order to train in the ocean, I need a spotter. I am not comfortable just taking off into the open water alone. I like being alive. ;)