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    Triathlon Training

    With all this talk of tris around here, I thought I'd post a ride report of my training ride for my tri next weekend.

    The rally gods were angry on Saturday and smote me....



    So that kind of killed my plans for Sunday afternoon. Which gave me just enough time to hatch a harebrained plan for some triathlon training. It was just the series of excuses I needed to head out and do a bike ride I've always wanted to do. Ride out north of L'Anse over Big Erick's Bridge, climb Bald Mountain, and then hit the beach on the east side of the Huron River. I'd get lots of biking in, something of a "run" up Bald Mountain, and some open water swimming in Lake Superior. Perfect!
    So I cheated a bit and drove out to L'Anse to start the ride. Turned out to be a really good idea.


    Headed north out of town and made a quick stop by Silver Falls.



    Stopped at the last oupost of civilization and stocked up on "recovery beverages".


    Now, I'm sure you've read about various training methods and ways to push yourself to do better. But let me tell you this, nothing will encourage you to drop the hammer like the prospect of a couple rapidly warming tallboys of Old Mil. No victory is sweeter than cold beers on the beach.

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    So I was off. First, across Big Erick's Bridge.


    Finding the turn off for Bald Mountain is always tough. You have to choose correctly from a series of side roads that all look identical. Even with a GPS, I've managed to screw it up. Oh yeah, did I mention I didn't bring my GPS? (This is what the pros call "foreshadowing".)

    Anyway, I picked this one.


    And hey, I knew right away from the sign that I had picked the right one.


    Bald Mountain from the road.


    The trail starts getting a little overgrown.


    And finally, I run out of trail. Yes, my bike is locked to that tree. I have no idea who I'm kidding about that. But I hauled that damn lock around, so now I'm going to use it.


    Stored my precious cargo under a few rocks to buy myself some time while I go mountain climbing.


    And after that, it's pretty much straight up. It's not so much a run as a scramble on all fours.



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    Some views from the top. It was kind of hazyy. Usually, on a clear day you can see the Quincy mine hoist.



    I made it back down the mountain and back to the main road without incident at which point I decided to liven things up with some bad decisions. Which way do I go?

    HINT: A GPS would tell me to go LEFT!

    Alas, I got a slightly more scenic tour than I had hoped for. I probably spent two hours riding and re-riding a series of roads looking for a familiar landmark. Not a big deal, but my beer was getting warm!

    I was quite relieved to come across this, something I recognized.


    From there, the road starts getting narrower...


    and narrower...


    and rockier...


    and really rockier...


    and sandier...


    ...and then, I'm at the beach!

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    Victory! It's still cold!


    The mouth of the Huron River was almost completely filled in with sand. I could have taken the easy route and walked across.


    The good news is this made the water in Lake Superior crystal clear. The bad news is, there was no river water to warm things up. It took a second tall boy of liquid courage before I could dive in.



    Shortly afterwards, and with a damp chamois (I think the french call it "le wet diaper"), I packed up and took the same route back home, albeit a slightly slower pace with slightly less wrong turns and slightly less mountain climbing.

    Managed to get back to L'Anse just as the sun was setting.


    Glad I drove. Another 25 miles to home would not have been fun.

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    Nice ride report. It would look good at advrider. :-)
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    Nicely done!
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