Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Upland Ca
Bikes: Lemond Chambery/Cannondale R-900/Trek 8000 MTB/Burley Duet tandem
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Today's Ride, Pics and New Crosstraining program Haha!
I work four 10 shifts so figured I'd get in somehill training so that I can ride the flats with Gina this weekend. The things we do to keep the wives riding!
... Get off work at 1 am, to sleep about 3 am, out of bed at 8:30 am and off to Mom and Dad's to do the yard (Dad's got health issues). So I do the yard then let them buy me breakfast. I'm cheap, I get the $5 special
So after all the yardwork, breakfast, driving them on errands and a brief rest I head up to the mtns for some climbing. I don't feel like getting stuck out in the middle of the mtns if something should go wrong and I don't get to start till 2:30 pm.
Big GMR is an 8 mile climb with a 6% average gradient and 2200 ft for the 8 miles. I climb the first time and feel great! SO I turn around at the top and head down to the bottom. Reach the bottom then turn around and do it again. Second time wasn't so happy! I rarely cramp but today the calves cramped 2 miles up the second climb. At first I can't figure it out then realize prolly cause I did the yard with a pushmower. Different muscle angles I guess. I don't cae for Dad's powermower so I use my little spinning blade pushmower type.
So 2 miles up the second climb I cramp as I stood on a steep section. I really felt like turning around but figured sometime you gotta suffer! So I slowed the pace for a mile or two then VOILA! Cramps are GONE!
... I remain seated for most of the remainder up the second climb. Later near the top I stand again just to see what happens, nope no cramps!
Wow, I need to do the yard before climbing more often. Induce a few cramps here and there for some training on dealing with discomfort and suffering! Glad I stuck it out, it gets better if you handle it properly! I actually felt good at the top of the second climb!
4400 ft elvation gain in 16 miles. Plus 16 miles of some serious downhill!
Couple of pics for those that like mtn pics!
About 3.5 miles up
7 miles up the first time, still able to smile!