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Old 05-11-08, 03:25 PM   #1
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I suck (less) at climbing.

Week 2 of my climbing rides in preparation for Mt. Mitchell.....I did the Marshall/Mt. Weather loop again (55 miles, 5K of climbing). It was a bit cool today, I wore tights and a 2nd LS jersey layer on top, along with full gloves.

Last week, I had to stop near the top of the first big climb.....but today, I was able to climb it, and kept going without stopping. I still had to walk my bike up the first section of Mt. Weather's climb (it runs between 13 and 17% grade), but I made it a little bit further before having to walk the bike.

Last week, I had to stop a 2nd time during the Mt. Weather climb, this week I didn't stop after the initial walk.

On the other big climb, last week, I had to walk up the 2nd climb, but today, I made the whole climb with just one stop, and didn't walk the bike at all.

It was hard (I could count my pulse in my ears), but I did better than last week. On the last 5 miles or so, I was able to pair up with another rider, and that helped me push the pace to the end of the ride.

When I got home, I took the bike in for a going over, and also swapped out for a 12X27 rear cassette. Hopefully next week, I'll be able to get all the way without walking the bike at all......
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Old 05-11-08, 04:32 PM   #2
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Awesome!

Keep up the good work! I did 20 miles, 1700' of climbing today, as I'm training for a ride that has LOTS of climbing myself! Who says clydes can't climb?
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It's not that Clydes CAN'T climb, it's just harder. I'm in good cycling shape (I commute 40mi RT 2X a week, and do weekend rides of anywhere between 30-100 miles)....but I don't do a lot of climbing on a regular basis, and I weigh 215. (AND I'm 47).

I've got a triple, which helps, and going from a 12X25 to 12X27 may give me a little bit more help on the steep sections. If I can make it up Mt. Mitchell, it will be a major accomplishment for me, considering that 4 years ago on July 7th, 2004, I had a motorcycle accident and didn't know if I'd even walk again, let alone do this.

So, I'll keep attacking this mountain until one of us gives up (and it's not going to be me).
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Old 05-11-08, 05:09 PM   #4
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outstanding, kokomo.....absolutely outstanding. One thing that helps me when I hit a tough section is to get "The Impossible Dream" from Man of La Mancha going in my head. It gives me the psychological drive I need to push through the pain

Here's Elvis' version

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Corny, huh?
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Old Clyde's can ride. 204 lbs @ 66 y/o.
Rode "The Rolling Hills Challenge" Columbus Texas.
Guessing 11 long hills. Rode the first 42 miles non stop. 101 miles total.
Winds 8 to 18 mph. Temps 72* to 90* very high humidity.
Have a triple with a 24t on the small one.
I am whipped today.
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Excellent, Great Job!
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Congrats on the improvement, kokomo. Maybe I'll see you Mitchell. I'll be riding a red Kuota Kharma. I'm not sure what shorts/jersey kit, though.

Probably this as our club reimburses us a little bit for centuries:


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I've got a Potomac Pedalers jersey (my home group), but I've got a couple others that I might wear instead. Haven't decided yet....Here are the choices I'll likely look at....










The last one is kind of cool because it has a really big eye on the back of it....
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Climbing

get a good HRM and wear it.
Because far too few of us know what condition our heart is really in, monitering it (see where it is in relation to where it should be for someone your age and condition, see how fast the rate returns to normal)
is vital ('cause everyone here wants ya to stay around and do many more climbs)
I speak from experience on this issue.
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I'm wearing a HR monitor, and have a cadence sensor (CS didn't work on Sunday, but I'll replace the battery this week).

Third attempt this weekend.....same ride, 55 miles, 5,000 feet.

First week - stopped on the first big hill before the top. Stopped again on big climb, and walked bike up 2 steep sections.

Last week - Made it up the first big hill, and still had to walk up first steep section. Only had one other stop to get HR down.

Yesterday - changed rear cassette from 12X25 to 12X27. Made it up first big section, and DIDN'T WALK THE BIKE AT ALL. Stopped for about 45 seconds on two big climbs, but I'm getting a little bit better each time.
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I'm wearing a HR monitor, and have a cadence sensor (CS didn't work on Sunday, but I'll replace the battery this week).

Third attempt this weekend.....same ride, 55 miles, 5,000 feet.

First week - stopped on the first big hill before the top. Stopped again on big climb, and walked bike up 2 steep sections.

Last week - Made it up the first big hill, and still had to walk up first steep section. Only had one other stop to get HR down.

Yesterday - changed rear cassette from 12X25 to 12X27. Made it up first big section, and DIDN'T WALK THE BIKE AT ALL. Stopped for about 45 seconds on two big climbs, but I'm getting a little bit better each time.
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I actually miss climbing. It's fun once you are in shape for it.
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The Mt. Weather climb (and the shorter Naked Mountain climb) actually seem shorter on the 3rd pass. Obviously they're taking less time now, but now that I know the route, it seems a tad less intimidating.

I still get apprehensive approaching the first steep sections, but now, it is a bit more routine to gear down, spin up and just keep climbing. I'll stand out of the saddle for a few cycles, then spin some more. Since this is the last big weekend before the Mt. Mitchell ride, I may do the loop on Saturday, then again on Monday - to see how I do with 110 miles and 10K of climbing with a days rest. The rest of the time before Mitchell will be a few commutes and a shorter weekend ride, then I head down for the June 9th event.....
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Here's the latest. I did the 55-mile, 5,000 foot Mt. Weather loop on Saturday, then again this morning. (BTW, my ass is killing me). Saturday was windy, so my time was slower than the previous one, BUT....I made it all the way up the first section of Mt. Weather (a first!) before stopping briefly and resuming the rest of the ridge climb. I still had to stop on the 2nd mountain climb, but made it further than before.

Today, it got hot and sunny, so it was good to ride in the shade when I could....but, I made it all the way up the 1st section of Mt. Weather, stopping a bit later before resuming....and made it all the way up the 2nd big climbing section without stopping at all! So, I'm definitely improving. 110 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing over the weekend......
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WOW! Great Stuff. I drove up to Mt. Mitchell a couple months ago. Which side are you climbing? The Asheville side, or the Linville side? I was stunned at how windy it was up there, and I was told it was a pretty calm day for the mountain.

you are an inspritation. I knocked off one metric 100 last year and felt like Lance :-)

Let us know the outcome.

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The Mt. Mitchell ride comes up the Blue Ridge Parkway, then up the main road into the park. It starts off in Spartanburg, SC, so by the time you hit the park entrance, you've already done 94 miles or so....

This week is my last hard week before the ride - 110 miles over the weekend, 40 each today and Thursday from commuting, and one last big ride on the 31st - I haven't decided whether to do Mt. Weather again, or to do 100 to spend more saddle time.

It's been tough, but the big day is going to be a long, hard day - I just hope I'm ready.
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