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All the reasons and excuses I didn't make it up the volcano

Old 02-27-24, 08:55 PM
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Here it is 4+ years later with this thread, and 10 years since I attempted the ride, I've finally made it to the top! Well, I did in Rouvy. They have a route that starts at the turnoff to the final road to the top, the one with all the switchbacks from the first shorter set to the longer ones near the end. I did the ride from its start to the point where I stopped IRL on Sunday, 2259' of climbing, then picked up from there and completed it today, another 4300'. I can't say that riding it indoors felt as difficult as it would have outdoors, it was only 45 minutes on Sunday but it took an hour and 20 minutes to do that same stretch outdoors, and I was 10 years younger. The other thing is food. On the way up the mountain I knew I had to keep eating, which I did. But today? I had a turkey sandwich at about 1pm and some peanuts and didn't eat anything else and started the ride at 5 and didn't eat while riding. That doesn't seem realistic either. It doesn't matter to me though, I more wanted to see what it was like than anything else, and to burn calories.
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My wife surprised me with a Maui trip for my 40th. I made it to the top, but barely.

I would echo a lot of the things in the OP. I wished I’d brought my own bike. I did need the 34-32 on the rental though. Pre-researching the route helped. Having my wife drive sag was a huge help (I gave her a list of places she could stop off on the way up too). The guys at West Maui Cycles recommended Nuun hydration tabs and I’ve sworn by them since. I went through a bunch of Clif bars, gels and shot blocks on the way up.

i loved it. Would do it again. Will make sure I get to ride down next time.
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I have a funny (to me) Haleakala story. My wife and I went to Maui on our honeymoon. Its a long way from this continent. We drove up it to watch the sunrise and it was a perfect day. Up at 4AM or something to head off. Top of the volcano was above the clouds. Got there about 30 minutes early. Got a bit bored waiting so nipped round the other side of the peak (a 30 second walk) to find that the sun had risen as we were going round and wed missed it.
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Originally Posted by Leinster
My wife surprised me with a Maui trip for my 40th. I made it to the top, but barely.

I would echo a lot of the things in the OP. I wished Id brought my own bike. I did need the 34-32 on the rental though. Pre-researching the route helped. Having my wife drive sag was a huge help (I gave her a list of places she could stop off on the way up too). The guys at West Maui Cycles recommended Nuun hydration tabs and Ive sworn by them since. I went through a bunch of Clif bars, gels and shot blocks on the way up.

i loved it. Would do it again. Will make sure I get to ride down next time.
I'm still riding the same bike I had 10 years ago but now it seems a little old fashioned. The gearing on it is only 34/29 as the low. I rented a bike in San Francisco right before the pandemic and it had a 34/34 combo on it and it could climb the hills in the city and it was otherwise a great bike, a Spec Roubaix I believe. But the sagwagon would've helped for sure. Carrying all my extra clothes up when it was so hot at the bottom was a total drag, as was always having the extra water sloshing around.

My son is trying to convince me to try again and he would do it with me. I have a feeling he isn't in the kind of shape you need but he does live in Seattle and have hills for training. I'm still in NYC and hard pressed to find anything long enough to call a climb. I'm also 69 years old now, still in decent shape but age does start taking a toll. Maybe I'd have to spend a month in Seattle with him and do some training there. I'm sure he'd love that! I also now know that the final climb, from the visitor parking lot to the actual summit is a killer. I had pictured it as a short steep push, but it is actually long enough to feel like a full segment. Maybe I'd need one of those 40 tooth rear bail-out cogs.
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