Today was 107 miles, 9500 ft of elevation gain, and 8 hours 55 minutes of ride time. We were actually out for 10 hours 20 minutes due to the stopping and chamois to ground contact. The roads were more rolling with a couple of 10-20 minute climbs. That elevation gain piles up over the miles I guess.
Well, riding 100 miles on a mountain bike is not nearly as bad as I was expecting. Thanks to Rick the man, I was well prepared for this training camp due to all the very long winter training weeks in December.
We lucked out with the weather today – no moisture and perfect temps. My only complaint was the wind. More on that later.
About 18 or so people showed up for the ride at 8 AM this morning. We started out on the pavement to get out of town
…and eventually funneled onto the dirt. The group split up pretty quickly, and I found myself riding with Dave C and Ed from SoCal, and in the later miles – Fred Wilkinson and St George local guy on a sweet gold bike.
Fred NOMing on Fritos. He has a long list of finishes for the multi-day events including Great Divide Race(that was a 3 week race for him. DAMN!) and much more.
I knew that I was not riding at my best today. My legs were heavy and noticeably sore from the last 2 days of riding limiting my ability to push it. Not a big deal since I purposely rode in zone 2 and 3 for most of the ride. I am a little firecracker and I love to go super hard, so today was a lesson in self-discipline which I fortunately had in check. I knew that as long as I kept a positive attitude, then everything would be just fine.
Around hour 2.5, I was feeling all the efforts of the last 2 days in my legs and was struggling to keep up with the group. I do NOT have a GPS, which make self-navigated rides in the middle of the Utah/Arizona desert pretty difficult. My plan was to ride with someone who had a GPS. Dave and Ed both had one, so I stuck to them. We actually rode the first loop in reverse and man, those power transmission lines were buzzing loudly.
Here come the photos:
Pano from high point of ride (I think like 4500′)
We actually spent a lot of the day riding in Arizona
Dave C keeping us from getting lost.
I have learned this year (the hard way) to eat on long rides, so I was noshing every chance I had. I actually consumed a great deal of calories today. Here is what went down the hatch on the ride:
90 oz of water
50 oz of Cytomax
16 oz of Starbucks Energy Crack Drink
2 Rice Krispie treats (small)
2 Mint Chocolate Gus
1 peanut butter sandwich
1/2 turkey jerky stick
a huge handful of Haribo bears
5 electrolyte capsules
I granted myself permission at the 7 hour mark to see what sort of Looney fury was stirring in my sore legs. I was able to push the pace and get my HR into zone 4. The Starbucks Crack Drink rocked my world. In fact, from hour 6 to hour 9, I felt better than I had all day on the bike. After about 20 min of thrashing on the pedals, 2 of the guys decided to head back to town. Sorry boys, I wasn’t trying to hammer you, but was trying to learn about my body for Leadville. Dave C and I continued on with the rest of the route. The wind was INSANE. Headwinds are not awesome, but we managed to power through it.
Dave and I rode in right as it turned dark.
My ride buddy! Dude, sweet Ergon grips!
I made lots of super cool new endurance friends over the past few days. It was GREAT to meet you all! Dave Harris has also given me a new nickname – Nitrous. I’ll take it! 🙂
I am psyched with the ride today, and although my legs were dead at the end from the 177 miles over the last 3 days, I finished still as chipper and excited as ever. Yahoo! Camp Lynda. A+. You BET I’ll be back next year!
Now where are those cookies…
What exactly is a Starbucks Energy Crack Drink?
Hey Sonya, you’re killing me! I’m looking forlornly at my bike, as it’s -6 degrees out. Sounds like a great way to spend the day. Are you doing the Leadville race? We’ve tried to get into that, but that’s another story. It was probably better that we didn’t! Great blog!
Gotta agree with Kenny here. I am sure glad that somebody is putting tires to dirt. I just gotta remember- Our day is coming.
Oh yeah! Congrats on your first dirty hundie! 🙂
those pictures are fantastic.
177 miles over three days…DAYM…that’s just sick! 😉 You guys are an inspiration…it’s about 12 degrees here with the wind chill below zero…and after reading all of this I want to hop on the bike RIGHT NOW and go pound out some miles!!
Awesome updates!! Glad you guys had fun!! 🙂
Way to go, I wimped out on day 3 but What a great weekend. See you at Leadville.
Way to rock it SL Nitro!
haha. I think you singlespeeders are the ones who rock! 🙂
Way to go Nitrous! Busting out the power towards the end is tough…but that’s how it’s done.
Awesome pics today too – I didn’t bring a camera and was hoping you & Jeff would put yours to good use as the light was absolutely magical today.
Thanks for coming to camp, your sparklers livened up any group you were with.
Mr Harris, you make me blush. 🙂 I had to see if there was any nitrous afterburners! hehe I had a great time at the camp!! Maybe Jeff and I should have a fall training camp up in the high country!!!
Way to hold it up for the gals at camp! Nice finish on the queen stage. It was super fun meeting you. I was excited for you when I heard you put it down for the whole distance and popped your hundie cherry.
Sonya, I forgot to mention how surprised I was to see “Locomotive Breath” by Tull on your music choices. I’ve seen him a few times in concert. He is one of my ultimate favorites. Guess that shows you how old I am!
Hope you and and the Jeffster make it home safely.
Congrats on the hundie plus! Great RR’s and pics from your weekend, thanks!
Sonya, I’m the tall guy from SoCal, name is Ed. It was really a pleasure to ride alongside with you and the other boys yesterday. I was feeling fine, I just was running out of food and I didn’t want to bonk out there and become a burden to someone. I didn’t take the shortcut back, but rather I battled that same bastard headwind and ended up with 90 miles under my belt. Best of luck to you!
Twas great fun riding with ya, made it easy to turn into the wind and bust out the full distance.
Until next time!
Thank you for all the comments!
Ben, the Starbucks Energy Crack Drink is this one: http://www.doubleshot.com/ the one with the energy drink in it.
Kenny, I am trying to get into Leadville as well. Hope they want me 🙂 And YES! Jethro Tull rocks. I saw them in concert once. I can’t play flute like Ian Anderson though… I have tried.
You guys out there who are enduring neg temps day after day are mentally stronger than me. It is -5 in Boulder right now, and the only thing keeping me going is that it’s supposed to warm up later this week!
Lynda- definitely a pleasure to meet both you and Dave. You guys are super fun to be around, and tough as nails.
Ed- it was great riding with you too! You probably had an even harder day than we did riding by yourself for like 40-50 miles. AWESOME! Good luck in your 12 hour races this year!
Dave C- you da man, homeslice!