The climb back up
I found these old photos tucked away from -I don't know- a year or two ago.
I often talk about that last climb up to my house. There's the "easy" way, the "hard" way and the "harder" way. Truth be told, none of them are really all that hard anymore but all things are relative.
This is the easy way, looking down the east side from the top. The approach to this is 1/3 mile of 3-4%. Nice little rollers but that last little hump (closest to you) kind catches me by surprise every time.
And this is hard and harder. The sign says "Keep Right". Come up that way and it's just straight up. If I come up the left way, I get to roll up a short 10 or 11% before it dips down (what you see in the picture) and then it's straight up from there. Behind me, it actually keeps going up for a few more yards -though at a much reduced slope- before it levels off right in front of my house. Not always a fun thing to face after a long ride... But, hey, what choice do I have? I have to get back home and I'm sure not calling for the "sag wagon" At the point where I'm standing, I used to be in my lowest gear (at one time a 30t in the back) and my HR would hit 175bpm or so. Not anymore. Yesterday, in a taller gear and coming up the harder way, I just barely scraped 160. One deep breath and I was back down to 158.