About a 68-mile ride today.
For the locals, rode both Mt. Weather and Naked Mountain -- thinking the total gain was somewhere in the neighborhood of 5,000 feet.
Still getting used to these climbs -- very, very hard!
I did part of the rogue flahute today. It is our area's version of a spring classic (only it's a friendly ride instead of a race) this year it was 112 miles 35 of which were on dirt roads (no pave' here). I made it 25 with the group and broke off and did another 20 solo since I didn't want to do anymore dirt. The best part was riding in the group of about 40 people on some of my favorite back roads.
34 mile training loop today, 17.2mph average. Leave my house in the city, two circuits of the BWI airport trail and then back home (wind usually at my back on way home). Probably a few hundred feet of gain, not any real climbs. Looking forward to some steeplechase-country rides in the county in April, some good climbing up there.
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As promised, 47.5 miles on Skyline Drive.
For the locals, we met at Dickey Ridge welcome center, rode down to the entrance and rode back up the four-mile hill to our start point meet some late-comers (not fun to start the day with a four-mile climb first thing with no warm up!). Then we rode to Elk Wallow rest area and back.
About 5,500 feet of total gain today.
The hills are long, but not very steep -- lots of two to three mile climbs at five to six percent. I spun up pretty well, generally holding a cadence of 75-85, but by the end I had trouble holding that cadence and chose to drop to 65-75. When I was really tired dropped it down to 62 or so, and just got into a grind mentality. Was uncomfortable, but never in trouble.
Worst was my lower back tightening up badly at the top of the longer climbs. Need to do some core work.
No real steeps that made me cry or explode -- just lots of very long climbs that made me wonder when the hell they would end. Of course, that also meant lots of long downhills at 35-40 mph....
Might do it again next week -- maybe go a bit longer.
Last edited by dts; 04-14-2012 at 02:44 PM.
Couldnt make it to my ALC "day in a ride" 75mile ride today because my car's oil filter housing decided it wouldnt hold the seal and dumped a big load of oil puddle overnight. Issue resolved after a visit to my mechanic (luckily open on sat am.) Went for a 45mile ride instead locally, which gained me some uphill training. Short of 30miles but hey, better than nothing!
No, didn't ride today, even though it was "only" -14C outside
I did to work yesterday. It was snowing like crazy and a few degrees below freezing. I was worried about getting soaked with all the spray and slush, and even remembered to put some plastic bags (yes, MILK bags!) under my shoe covers for extra water proofing. I needn't have worried, as all that spray quickly turned into a thick layer of ice armour. Both on my clothing and the bike. The rear derailleur was one of the most comical sights I have seen: A grapefruit sized chunk of solid ice, with the chain entering one side and exiting the other. Unsurprisingly it was "unshiftable" in this configuration. To my amazement it still allowed the chain to move over the cogs!