High Pass Challenge 2011 Ride Report

Day’s Verse:
He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.
Isaiah 40:27-28

Discalimer: Long ride report to go with a long ride. The short version is that I started at 7 am, finished at 1:22 pm, and finished first among women with an average of 18.6 mph. I paced myself pretty well, rode strong on the climbs, did tolerably well on the descending, and sucked wheel most excellently the last 20 flat miles. Continue Reading >>

High Pass Challenge: My Season Ender

Day’s Verse:
By the seventh day God had finished his work.
On the seventh day he rested from all his work.

Genesis 2:2-ish

Tomorrow is High Pass Challenge, the last major ride I’m doing this year (next weekend I’m doing Cycle the Wave, but that’s going to be a for-fun ride). Wish me luck! I’m glad this my the final big ride. I’m ready to take a break from training and I want to just ride.

Oh, I’ll ride hard, don’t worry; but I don’t want to feel like I need to maintain a certain level of fitness, or get in specific training goals for a ride, or drag myself out of bed earlier on Saturdays than I do the rest of the week. I want to be able to go for a hike or a long walk and not worry that it’s impacting my cycling fitness. I want to get on my bike and not wonder “Do I have enough food and sports drink for this ride?” I want to have a weekend when I’m not gone for half a day or more on my bike. Continue Reading >>