In a previous thread I talked about not being a good climber. Everyone suggested to get better that I just needed to climb.
Well today I decided I would start doing that. I didn't want to cut my mileage so I rode from my house across Tucson to Mt Lemmon.
Here is a shot of the beginning of the climb:
I think the grade is only about 4-6%, but it was pretty difficult. I rode about a mile and then I would rest for a few minutes and go again. I made it about 3.5 miles. I didn't want to do too much because I still had to ride 25 miles home.
Here are a few more shots:
I asked a family to take this photograph. One of the women in the family asked me if I was crazy and the father said that 25 miles didn't seem too far. Then he got in his big gas guzzling van and drove off.
I ended up going just around this turn and then head back down the mountain. What a rush that was! I ended up hitting 41.3 mph. That is a new record for me.
I had a great time and want to try it again, but go farther. Today was one of those days that just makes you happy to be alive .
In non-ride related news, I dropped enough weight that I am no longer considered obese and I dropped from a size 42 pant to a size 36. Feels darn good to say that.