In contrast to last week's weather, the marine layer had burned off significantly and though relatively cool, the morning was dry and partially sunny.
We started off south of the Huntington Beach Pier and headed east on the Santa Ana River Trail.
The Santa Ana river plays a vital role in recharging the groundwater basin. Several retention basins are formed by levees along the river help to replenish the water table.
After seeing the potential bike muggers last week, we approached each underpass with caution and I told Lexa to cover her eyes so she wouldn't get scared.
If our initial experience wasn't terrifying enough, we quickly realized the bike muggers were also scattered along the trail and using the bushes for camouflage.
We reached our midway point somewhere in Yorba Linda and we paused to stretch and refuel.
I must admit that I am feeling a lot more confident about Tour DaVita.
My biggest concern was the saddle discomfort but I must admit that the Pearl Izumi Sugar Shorts are amazing.
After some initial chafing, I purchased some Chamois Butt'r from RunJunk.com and that did the trick.
At this point, my main issue is tightness in my lower back. I stopped several times and attempted to stretch but it didn't seem to offer any relief. My core is strong so I am assuming my body just needs to get accustomed to the positioning.