Friday, April 10, 2009

Latigo Canyon! We begin our tackle on HILLS!

Saturday March 14th:


This week our team tackled one of the most famous hills/courses in Los Angeles…Latigo Canyon. Since I am new to cycling, I had never heard of this popular course until just a few weeks ago. Latigo Canyon Road runs 10 curvy miles from PCH to its inland intersection near the Canejo Valley. As Latigo Canyon Road rises from PCH, there are few dwellings at first but soon homes with magnificent ocean views are encountered on branching streets. The great views are on the slopes of canyons that open to the seacoast. “Latigo” is basically a great bike route for those interested in tackling some serious hills. The 10 mile course winds and climbs for roughly 2,000 feet. No hill is super crazy steep but it is tough because it is a steady climb. I managed to finish the 10 mile climb in about 1 hour 15 minutes. Coming back down was another story. You are basically JAMMIN downhill, maneuvering through all the switchbacks and turns. It took me 1 hour 15 minutes to climb Latigo, but only about 15-20 minutes to ride down it. That gives you an idea how steep that sucker is.

I found this video on YouTube to give you an idea of what "Latigo" looks like in case you were curious.

Once I arrived back at the start of the bike course, it was time for a 60 minute run around Pepperdine University. In preparation for the Wildflower Half Ironman in a few weeks, running the hills around Pepperdine is a good workout. Wildflower is known for it's hilly bike and run course so Pepperdine hills are perfect for preparation. Quite a productive morning we had today. I am no longer a Latigo Canyon virgin and can say I have tackled this infamous hill.

Below is a video taken by one of my teammates sharing the story of one of our honored teammates, Nick Gardner. Nick explains his connection with blood cancers and how Team In Training was able to support him. Great reminder here of why we are all doing this. GO TEAM!

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