Friday night we gathered for a big dinner before our crazy Saturday of training.
Some people are a little difficult when it comes to ordering food. Our poor waiter...
It was so good to hang out with a group of women that eat A LOT :-)
Saturday morning started bright and early with an open water swim race at Tempe Town Lake.
From there it was time to ride LONG. In retrospect, on a day that offered record-breaking heat in the desert, we probably should have skipped the swim and started riding at 5:30am.
Because even though it was beautiful, it was painfully hot before long.
Jen and I rode together all day. I could not have asked for a better person to share a total meltdown with :)
Early and still happy-ish
The fountain in Fountain Hills was not on
Sightseeing in Tonto National Forest
End of paved road
Not too long after that, I had a bit of a meltdown on a long climb (Jen said Cranky Molly has arrived). It was 100 degrees, we'd been in the sun for hours, and I was melting. We found the nearest convenience store and filled up on water and I pounded a Coke. Wheee, instant sugar/caffeine rush = happy chatty Molly!
From there we pretty much hit a gas station every hour to fill our bottles with ice and water. It was stupid hot out. As in we were stupid to be riding long in it.
Eventually it was Jen's turn to get cranky and need a stop. I was happy to oblige and we got to see all the sights of the gas station on the reservation until we were ready to face the heat again.
So much salt on our faces, you could probably read our fortunes in the patterns.
Thank goodness tomorrow is a lighter day - we will be getting our work done EARLY.