Wheels hit the road at 6am in pouring rain. After about 40 minutes it tapered off and by about the 1 hour mark we weren't being rained on anymore. But we got SOAKED. Which was good for the next hour or two as things got warm. The climb to Hawi was definitely not tough from a climbing perspective but the wind made it harder. The descent in the crosswind only had me moderately terrified so that's an improvement over what I expected. The return trip was hilly and windy but nowhere near as hot as I thought it would be (now someone will tell me it was unusually cold this year). Overall it was a great long ride with Jeff and Nigel! Once we were back I had a run off the bike to do - this was right during athlete bike check-in for the race so I saw everyone out there - my coach (who got the photo of me running), Michelle, Chrissie Wellington, Faris Al-Sultan and more!
Wet roads but at least it's not pouring anymore
You can't tell but I'm completely drenched
The sky is getting lighter
Still stormy skies behind us
Turnaround at Hawi
I'm not a fan of crosswind but I'll fake a smile anyway
All in a day's work
Trotting down Ali'i Drive soaking in the atmosphere!
Not a bad view from dinner at all