Consider Larry C Ford for example. In 2000, this gynecologist turned biological warfare "expert" tried to have his business partner murdered near the Irvine Spectrum. The subsequent investigation resulted in the FBI raiding his home in Irvine's Woodbury enclave. Ford managed to kill himself before the Feds showed up, but a search of his home uncovered Anthrax, C4 explosive and assault rifles, along with other bacterial agents like cholera, botulism and typhoid. It is speculated that Ford had strong business ties with a covert South African biological weapons program, and I'm pretty sure this case was never closed.
So what does this have to do with Saturday's ride through Shady Canyon in Irvine? Nothing, actually. When I went looking around for some history on the canyon, I couldn't find anything. Instead this little gem came up. So I figured I'd run with it.
|Multi-use path in Shady Canyon|
Now back on the streets, we rode another 5 miles before we got to the base of Newport Coast Drive. Newport Cost Drive starts inland and crosses the coastal hills before intersecting with the Coast Highway. It's a good ride in either direction - from the coast it's a steep but relatively short climb. From the other side it's a more moderate grade but probably twice as long. We rode up from the inland side. Perhaps because I was feeling a little cocky from last weeks climb through Laguna Canyon, I didn't mentally prepare my legs for the climb. So I got off to a slow start. But once I recovered, I caught up to a group and finished it out feeling OK. Height of land is at the intersection with San Joaquin Hills Road. If you turn here, the climbing is rewarded with a fast downhill all the way into Newport's Back Bay.
Once back on Coast Highway, the race back to the Huntington Beach pier started (as usual). Our very own Tri714 from Let's Do This Again gave 5 or 6 of us a long pull, and for about 3 miles we were averaging close to 28 MPH. Well done Craig, this was one of the best part of the rides.
We rolled up to Main Street for the usual coffee stop, and then Craig and I continued down PCH until our turn-off.
The final tally for the day was 55.8 miles and 1700 feet of climbing.
|Finish line - 6 miles ahead.|
The first 4 miles were great, and I was able to hold down a 7:50 per mile pace without any problem. But at the turn around, the wind kicked up and it started raining. The best I could manage back was an 8:07 pace. I finished the run up in just over an hour and I'm feeling good. The long range forecast for next Sunday is clear and temperate. So as long as that holds, I think I'll be able to put in a good race.