19 Aug / San G from the Sea completed

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San G from the Sea: 9 hrs 36 mins- likely FKT.

 

On August 7th, 2016, I completed the bike/run time trial from the ocean at Dana Point to the summit of Mt. San Gorgonio in 9:36:28. Total distance was 96.7 miles and total vertical ascent was 15,086ft. Although my current time is certainly much longer than I am capable of, I believe it stands as an FKT (fastest known time) -so I’m still reasonably happy with the result. Check out the #RideLife video that Giant put together for the event:

 

95 degrees of suffering.

My first attempt in July was unsupported and ended prematurely just outside of Perris after a rear tire flatted and I broke my only CO2 inflation device. My dad agreed to drive out from Colorado and follow me on the second attempt, but I started too late in the morning and suffered in 95 degree heat across the valley. I didn’t give my father very much direction beforehand- he did a great job- but I dropped him (twice) after a fast descent and we became separated- leaving me without water refills for nearly 2 hours in the heat. Despite losing an hour off the bike while cooling down and taking in fluids, I still managed to complete the course but with a very slow (for myself) finish time. I think I can shave off at least 1-1.5 hours or more in the future. Until then…be sure to visit the UltraHurt San G from the Sea Course Page for info, maps, details, guidelines, and the Full Strava Segment Leaderboard.

 

Here’s the complete Strava file from my attempt on August 7, 2016.

 

Now it’s your turn!

 

 

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By Don Bowie in Blog, San G from the Sea, Ultra Hurt
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