So here I am in Albuquerque, but I did not pedal the way in. This morning it was 38 degrees when we got on the bikes, and that's OK.... We got on route 117 south, and the cross wind hit us, and that's OK... about 4 miles into the ride little ice balls started hitting me in the face and right leg, and it wasn't OK. I rode to the gas station at 5.6 miles into the ride, and almost hit a barrel coming into the parking lot because my hands were so numb I could not brake properly... not OK. I warmed up in the store, but as soon as I stepped outside I was freezing again, still wet, and we could see more rain (or something ominous) on the horizon, so I did it: I sagged into the hotel.
I thought about riding again from the first rest stop at 30 miles; it had warmed up to 45 degrees by then, but as soon as I got out of the van I started shivering again, so I gave it up for the day. Perhaps the altitude is playing a part in this, but I feel pretty lousy. Not just about sagging! My lungs feel fluttery, and I'm coughing some... I guess an extra rest day won't kill me, but I am surely disappointed. I guess I should have packed cold weather biking clothes... who could know???
Tomorrow it's on to Santa Fe.