GMR, you were gorgeous this morning! (pt 2)
Climbed up Mt. Baldy today. Did not break any records but did feel really good!
From this morning’s hill repeat sessions. My small ring is jealous of the big ring.
Earlier this morning: 46 Miles with 5,240 Ft of climbing. It was a really warm day today. We got through our water bottles pretty quick. There was about 10+ miles more to go but we decided to turn around as we’re running low on supplies. Our next attempt is going to be better.
Did 78 miles today with my buddy, Scott. Body felt tired today. I have been riding 7 days straight and a lot of it are long ones! I think I deserve a rest day, don’t you think?
Earlier this morning:
Mile 3 of 9, Glendora Mountain Road. Mid-climb. 9mph. Heart rate at 165bpm. Was working, but not too hard. I told myself to take it easy today; to just stretch the legs. I was feeling meditative. I was thinking of taking my friend out on this same road to do some climbing. I can hear the steady rhythm of my breathing. The sound of the wind and the birds. The peace was suddenly broken by the sound of whizzing chains of a bicycle. I look left and I saw a rider all clad in black. He was riding a beautiful Bianchi. I yelled “nice!”, referring to his bicycle. He nodded his head and continued to pass me effortlessly. Now, I didn’t know what got into me but I got on his wheel and tried to follow his pace. My average speed went up to 10mph. My heart rate was up to 175, and my breathing became hard. He stood up and danced on the pedals. I did the same. He sat down and spun. I did the same. This went on for maybe a good 10 minutes. I tried to do everything I can to keep up with his pace. But it proved futile. He was like a locomotive. His legs spinning consistently at a high pace. Before I knew it, he was 10 feet away from me and a few seconds later, he just vanished. Then I was left by myself again. The sound of the my breathing, the wind, and the ticking of my freewheel keeping me company.
70+ miles with 7000+ feet of climbing. I dont know how it was possible but I bested my time on GMR by 1 minute, and still kept myself within the Top 30 spot of the challenge. Although I hoped to do good on the Mt. Baldy segment, but it was just too tough — didn’t break any records there.
This morning’s group. Everybody did well, and had fun chasing Alex up the hills.
First to the top of Mt. Baldy (Ave grade 8.9% over 4 Miles!!!). If it weren’t for my buddy having a flat, I would’ve been second. The bugger came out on a Mountain Bike with gears that you can spin forever.
These legs were toasted after the last climb up.
Friends chilling out at the top of Mt. Baldy. Behind me is where the Ski Lifts are. It was an awesome view and it felt great reaching the top.
Since it was so steep going up, the descents were a bit sketchy. We were grabbing the brakes all the way down. Good thing our rims didn’t overheat. But I think i shaved a good portion off my brake pads. All in all a great ride and looking forward to doing this again next week!