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Old 07-23-11, 07:57 PM   #1
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More Climbing...7/21 (Vid and pics)

Seems Alyce has become a billy goat. One trip up GMR to the Shack and it was on, been 3 weeks in a row now. Each week a bit further than the previous. Today Herb invited his sister Sue and bother -in-law Steve to join the ride. Good strong riders, no problem at all climbing GMR/GRR for the first time. ABEC also joined us on the ride. He arrived early and did a couple of miles before we got there. Not to mention a few repeats here and there.

A few of the regulars on the mountain, GMR, Matt and a few others. I also got a quick hello to Hubcap on his way up. Poor Gina, she seemed to suffer on the climb today. But hey, climbing 3,000 ft on a bad day is nothing to be ashamed of. At Peacock Saddle we decided to wait for the others to venture on as Gina was pretty bushed at that point. A minute or two after the others left Gina said, "what the hey, let's go". We headed out only to see Herb and Alyce returning. Cool, lets head back. We stopped in the shade and waited for Sue and Steve to return with their tour guide ABEC.

Sue and Steve seemed to be very pleased with the ride. Further proof going to show that once a rider does GMR, they only want more ha ha! I did try to record some heavy breathing on a steep section for forum member "Freighttraininguphill". According to MapMyRide, the max grade on the steep section of one mile is 20% (could be wrong as many claim of MapMyRide, maybe 14% but who knows). Either way, the breathing is there but nothing like FTU's videos, Hey, I tried ha ha!














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Looks like a good ride, thanks for sharing.
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Thanks! It's a great ride!
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LOL! Hey, it sounded like your riding partners were suffering more than you were. Either you were hamming it up for the camera, or you're stronger than you think!
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LOL! Hey, it sounded like your riding partners were suffering more than you were. Either you were hamming it up for the camera, or you're stronger than you think!
Well doing that section a billion times, I've never really had to breath out loud. I use more of a pattern. On this section I heard Sue first timer on this ride) panting a bit. So I tried to be quiet in order to pick up her breathing. I laughed because when I heard her, I thought "this is the perfect opportunity for some heavy breathing footage. It's just not quite as heavy as the breathing in your videos. ....I wasn't hamming it up, I was trying to capture Sue's breathing. I was riding with Gina and Sue so I was going much slower than I would have had I been alone.
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Well doing that section a billion times, I've never really had to breath out loud. I use more of a pattern. On this section I heard Sue first timer on this ride) panting a bit. So I tried to be quiet in order to pick up her breathing. I laughed because when I heard her, I thought "this is the perfect opportunity for some heavy breathing footage. It's just not quite as heavy as the breathing in your videos. ....I wasn't hamming it up, I was trying to capture Sue's breathing. I was riding with Gina and Sue so I was going much slower than I would have had I been alone.


That's what I thought! When I heard you laugh, I figured you were thinking something like that!

I tried to do the "Beanz breathing" on today's sufferfest climb, but with grades in the teens and twenties, it's kinda hard.
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That's what I thought! When I heard you laugh, I figured you were thinking something like that!

I tried to do the "Beanz breathing" on today's sufferfest climb, but with grades in the teens and twenties, it's kinda hard.
Yeah, I usually try to exhale on my left down stroke. Read something years ago called "switch breathing". Naturally on the right so it's stronger. To strengthen the left, exhale on the left side. Also prevents injuries by not overworking the right side (right handed). So I concentrate on breathing after I warm up and go into full breathing. Notice in my vids, I'm always out of breath in the early 2 or 3 miles before I warm up into my rhythm/breathing.

But yes, there are times the pattern won't cooperate with the grade.
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Yeah, I usually try to exhale on my left down stroke. Read something years ago called "switch breathing". Naturally on the right so it's stronger. To strengthen the left, exhale on the left side. Also prevents injuries by not overworking the right side (right handed). So I concentrate on breathing after I warm up and go into full breathing. Notice in my vids, I'm always out of breath in the early 2 or 3 miles before I warm up into my rhythm/breathing.

But yes, there are times the pattern won't cooperate with the grade.
Another thing that causes mine to sound uncontrolled is pain. After a long descent, the next climb often starts out painful, like what it would feel like if you climbed it without warming up. The lactic acid burn disappears rather quickly, but pain makes it hard to control my breathing.
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After a long descent, the next climb often starts out painful, like what it would feel like if you climbed it without warming up.
Actually, we do climb without a warm up. We start GMR straight up. That's why it takes me a couple of miles to warm up.

But I do know what you are talking about. On the climbing century I do, there is a 40 mile descent after 9,000 ft of climbing. But in the middle of that 40 miles is a 1'ish mile climb. It hurts ha ha! First time I did it made me realize the value of the advice given on the forums, soft pedal on the way down to keep the legs somewhat loose.
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Actually, we do climb without a warm up. We start GMR straight up. That's why it takes me a couple of miles to warm up.

But I do know what you are talking about. On the climbing century I do, there is a 40 mile descent after 9,000 ft of climbing. But in the middle of that 40 miles is a 1'ish mile climb. It hurts ha ha! First time I did it made me realize the value of the advice given on the forums, soft pedal on the way down to keep the legs somewhat loose.
On normal descents I always pedal. But the insane steep, narrow descent after the climb I did today had me on the brakes so much my hands hurt and I started to worry that the rims might get hot enough to blow the tire off the rim. So I didn't think to soft-pedal, and I stopped three times on the way down to let the rims cool down. One of those times I got a pic of a nice steep switchback. Another time a climbing motorist stopped. I told him why I was stopped before he had a chance to say anything. I said the climb was better than the descent. He said "there's lots of climbing". I told him that was fine with me. At least climbs won't blow your tire off the rim.
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