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......