On the 3rd of November, the team embarked on an expedition to Anza-Borrego. With the impending suffering planned for Saturday, we arrived at the campsite, set up our tents and accommodations, and enjoyed the crystal clear sky and sparkling stars in the light-pollution-less sky. The plan: 97-miles, 80-miles, 56-miles, or 40-miles. On Saturday, the team began our cycling adventures at 7:45am, with a majority of the team riding 56-miles. The ride immediately started with the famed Montezuma climb. A challenging endeavor, even for the experienced. While the 97-mile group sped off ahead, the rest of the team spun up the mountain. Upon reaching the top, they were rewarded with fresh water and electrolytes to fuel the remaining distance. Despite some thorns poking into some tires, the group continued along, undeterred. The ride continued with a long, gradual descent until the other challenge, Yaqui Pass road. Once conquered, it was a downhill straight back to the campsite. Post-ride the whole team ate delicious burgers and shakes to replenish the energy used on the day. The next morning, we hopped back on our bikes again, this time to partake in a high-intensity bike-run challenge. The goal was to get valuable transition practice and to simulate the heart-pounding intensity of racing. Lap after lap of a 2km bike circuit and 400 m run route under the heat of the sun challenged our members but they came out stronger. Post workout, we all headed back toward UCSD with a renewed sense of confidence and strength.