Haleakala - A Clyde at 10,023 ft has roughly 3125678 joules of potential energy
And I paid dearly for every one of them!
Climbed Mt. Hakeakala yesterday. Long story short - set a goal time of 4:30 for the climb and was on that pace until cramping severly at about 7500ft (just after the welcome center rest / water stop). Ended up taking 5:15 riding, 6 hours total.
Perhaps an over used word, but I'll go with it... Epic.
Met some friends at about 2500ft. Was still feelin' good and going well. Interview on video (may post later)
About 5000ft. noticed that the clouds were below me now.
Planned break / water refill at the welcome center (~7000ft)
No pictures of me bent over wretching in pain at about 7500..... just visualize it. Next time... salt tablets.
9000 feet. Mentally I recovered & new I was going to make it. Lunar landscape from here on.
Sweetness. I wanted to hold the bike above my head, but it blocked the sign and there was a good chance I might tip over.
The start of the decent. I have some video from the Flip brainsucker mount, but it's a bit sketchy as the zip tie / velcro mount I constructed was not all that up to the 35mph + speed going down. It was cold and took ~1:30 minutes to get from the top back to my car in Paia. Had company for most of the decent.... a fellow tall clyde (~6'5" on a Madone 5.x) named Dave. We parted ways at my turn for Paia.
Feeling victorious, but a bit like frozen death back at the car...
Edit/Add - Recovery ride... the next day
Truly a put it on your bucket list thing to do. Glad I did it.
Last edited by Herbie53; 01-17-10 at 02:41 PM.