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First ride of the 2012 Arizona training “camp” … 30 miles, pristine roads, 1300 feet of vertical (not a lot for an area called Fountain Hills), and my heart rate was skyrocketing for good chunks of the ride. Isn’t it supposed to be easier to breathe at lower elevations? Considering that it was the first ride in nearly a month, some suffering is to be expected, but compared to my times last year, I still set several personal records on various Strava segments on some of the shorter, steeper climbs, so that’s a good thing.

Picked up a goathead while in the Tonto National Forest … thankfully I had a can of Vittoria Pit Stop with me to seal the puncture and reinflate the tire to get me home … that stuff is a lifesaver.