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I did it! I climbed an actual mountain

Old 05-11-12, 02:24 PM
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I did it! I climbed an actual mountain

Nobody is going to confuse me with an actual climber but 3,000 feet in approximately 13 miles is pretty dang good in my book. If we'd have had more time I think Baldy Village was feasible but we turned around about half way there due to time constraints.

https://app.strava.com/rides/8319775 (If you look at the gate to the shack segment, you'll see me holding down place # 900 or so out of 1100. )

The most interesting thing happened to me on the way back though - I hit a plate or something in the road that I didn't see and the handlebars were ripped out of my left hand. I was able to maintain control with my right (was going about 30 at the time) and stopped to check my wheels out. All appeared to be well.

About 5 minutes later we were bombing down a hill and BANG! Suddenly my rear wheel was really squirrely. If we'd have been on a corner I'd be posting from the emergency room right now. I guess it was a delayed pinch flat.

Aside from that it was a beautiful day. I'll stick a picture in later but if you've seen Beanz' GMR pictures, you know what it looks like.
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Nice! Most of the climb in the first 9 miles, how did your legs feel? Probably a good feeling as when you got to the top your battle was over. How as the ride down? On the brakes the whole time?
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Nice job! I am envious!
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I was in my low gear most of the way (36 front, 28 back) - it's a steady climb ranging from 5% to 8% and I managed to keep a decent cadence going (about 80). We took two 30 second breaks to rearrange stuff and yes, it was tiring. As you can imagine, getting to the top was very satisfying.

On the way down I was EXTREMELY nervous that I'd blow out my front tire after my experience with the rear. Both wheels hit the same stupid piece of debris. I seriously had visions of going over the side of the mountain so I went a lot slower on those turns where the outside was downhill. Didn't worry so much on the turns the other direction.

We must have seen a good 40 or 50 other riders heading up while we were bombing down.
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Originally Posted by PhotoJoe
Nice job! I am envious!
Told you I'd cheat and practice before you got your bike. It was less daunting than I thought and yet still a ton of work. Beanz, as usual, is correct.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
Told you I'd cheat and practice before you got your bike.
Yah, but I didn't think you meant it!
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Hey, you have a bike. Get cracking.

No hammy means one less thing to cramp up.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
Hey, you have a bike. Get cracking.

No hammy means one less thing to cramp up.
Well, that is one way to look at it! Besides, I hear chick dig scars!
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I think it's about 8 miles from my house to the bottom of GMR. When I turn into a badass biker, I'll do that on the weekends.
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WTF you beat me dude! Now it's on baby!

I told you it wasn't all that tough.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz
WTF you beat me dude! Now it's on baby!

I told you it wasn't all that tough.
I did? Huh. Didnt notice.

You inspired me to try though, thanks.
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Nice job, TrojanHorse. I, too, conquered a hill this morning...though not as long, nor as tall as the mountain you climbed. Mine was a 1,050' in 2.8 miles.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
I did? Huh. Didnt notice.


Good job!! That is more climbing than I will do this summer...
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
I did? Huh. Didnt notice.

You inspired me to try though, thanks.
A six pack of long stem tubes for my birthday will suffice.
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Awesome climb, yeah, Beanz has this way about making us do GMR.
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Originally Posted by jeepseahawk
Awesome climb, yeah, Beanz has this way about making us do GMR.
I don't want to suffer alone.
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Originally Posted by TrojanHorse
Nobody is going to confuse me with an actual climber but 3,000 feet in approximately 13 miles is pretty dang good in my book. If we'd have had more time I think Baldy Village was feasible but we turned around about half way there due to time constraints.

https://app.strava.com/rides/8319775 (If you look at the gate to the shack segment, you'll see me holding down place # 900 or so out of 1100. )
...snip...

That Strava link shows you climbing with VAM scores in the mid-600s. A VAM of 650 means 650 meters per hour climbing, or 2100 feet per hour. A VAM of 600=1970 feet per hour. Most any cyclist would be very satisfied with that, especially on such a long climb. (Strava tends have a lot of racers, with impressively fast climbs.)

You look like an "actual climber" to me.

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Interesting, I didn't even notice the VAM part, just the 984[SUP]th[/SUP] / 1174 part.

You're right though, there are some serious billy goats on that Strava site.

I tell you what, I have a new level of respect for people who do those centuries with several climbs like that (or worse).
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