Okay...here goes...wish me well.
Tomorrow I head down to the Santa Monica coastline to attempt the Mulholland Challenge Century. Here's a map at Bikely. 110 miles with 11,000+ feet of climbing. Here's it's profile:
My main goal this year is to complete the Assault on Mt. Mitchell century in June in about 6 hours or so. I have previously ridden and completed this Assault back in 1988 (finished in 11-1/2 hours). I rode it again in 1990 but did not complete it due to injury.
This Mulholland Challenge is my first ride in the Planet Ultra (a local California ride promoter) King of the Mountains series: three centuries, each with 10,000+ feet of climbing. This series finishes about 3 weeks prior to the Assault and I am using it as training.
I think the Assault will probably be 2nd or 3rd hardest of the four. The Mulholland Challenge tomorrow will be the hardest. This will be compounded by the fact that this past Saturday, the crank on my bike broke causing me to crash on my right side, luckily only at about 15mph.
I was largely unhurt: some small patches of road rash on my ankle, knee, hip, elbow & shoulder. The worst was my wrist--it hurt like all get out. I could barely move it. Well, all week long I've applied ice to it, and now heat these past 3 days. I have about 90% range of motion and strength back. I've been off the bike all week--that's been good. It's allowed my saddle soars to heal up and my legs to have a great break. I should be fresh.
So wish me well. I'll try and right up a report when done (although I'm nowhere near as eloquent as The Historian).