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Old 07-07-11, 09:36 PM   #1
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Is a Hot One...MTB Ride Raw

Well today was a little different. I figured I'd do some climbing in the dirt and heat. It was 90 degrees when I started and 91 when I was finished. I started about 3 pm figuring I could use some heat acclimation training ha ha! Yeah boy it was hot! In the mornings both parking lots are full of cars as well all shoulders surrounding the lots. At 3 pm in the heat, there were only 3 or 4 cars ha ha! I got front row parking this time.

So I head up and it's hot! Did I say that already? I did somewhat of a 2 loop ride on the trail. First 2 1/5 mile climb was torture. Legs were feeling the heat and felt like lead. My intentions before actually riding in the heat were to do 2 loops if I could handle it. I felt OK at the top but as fa a second climb, I'd have to go across and down then decide.

At the bottom I felt OK to do a second climb. It actually felt a bit cooler than at the start. Maybe I was adjusting to the heat cause it was actually one degree hotter than when I started. On the first loop I encountered 3 large swarms of bees at different sections along the top side of the trail. SO my plan was to do the climb then turn around for the descent rather than risking another bee encounter. They didn't bother this time me but every time I get stung it gets worse so I wasn't taking any chances. Chalk up one in the heat!

I did take a few pics on the way down. One dude on an MTB rolled by while I was posing. The others are some cooler looking shots of the covered descent.

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Old 07-07-11, 09:46 PM   #2
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I think that climb might have killed me, man it looks tough. Thanks for sharing the vid.
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I think that climb might have killed me, man it looks tough. Thanks for sharing the vid.
Thanks! It was tough with the heat but I see it as getting acclimated. I figure if I can do this climb twice in the heat, I can do it on a good day.
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Nice ride!!!
I hope to do some SoCal rides sometime in the future.
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Nice ride!!!
I hope to do some SoCal rides sometime in the future.
There are plenty of places to ride around here!
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Grew up near Griffith Park, and then down in San Diego, Since taking up riding a couple months ago been discovering Sacramento. Hope to re-discover SoCal
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I was thinking Sacramento from your Sack of Tomatoes. There are a ton of rides up there too! But I must say, SoCal is the best!
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I was thinking Sacramento from your Sack of Tomatoes. There are a ton of rides up there too!
Yup, there sure are! We have trails near Salmon Falls Road (home of "The Salmon Falls Sufferfest") and in the canyons around Auburn, which is another one of my favorite road climbing areas.

Nice one there Beanz! Reminds me of my hot climb last weekend.
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