The sun was out, and the clouds had lifted this morning.
First we rode up 4 mile, which is a nice mellow road climb.
The we turned off onto a dirt road (different from my normal route) and took Switzerland Trail up to Gold Hill Road (a few miles up past Gold Hill). It was awesome, and I think I will take that way from now on.
I was lucky to have gooood company with me today. Today’s climb was no more than a zone 2 effort. If it started to burn or hurt, I backed off. I must rebuild the mojo for my upcoming race, Front Range 50, on Saturday.
It was a nice, relaxing, fresh, beautiful day after the rain yesterday.
3.5 glorious, mellow hours. 35 miles, 4000′ of climbing. Despite the rain, it was good to get 7.5 hours of bike time in this weekend. Now it’s time to rest up for a couple of days, rebuild, and open everything back up again to rev the engine. Hopefully it behaves like a Corvette ZR1, not like a busted ass 94 Nissan Sentra. 😀
Love the car references! 🙂
On a side note…decided to take the LIVESTRONG Challenge to raise some money and awareness for cancer…and along the way of my training I’ve begun to think about trying my hand at some racing. My fitness/endurance level is coming along well…might try a 50 mile race (The Stoopid 50 in Pa.) to see if I can do it. You and Jeff have been inspiring to my cause…keep up the great work!
Don, GREAT!!! Good luck. I definitely think you can do it!
Looks like that snow did not last long for you guys….cool. I’ll be in Boulder perhaps next mid-week…will let you know if I can ride.
Tire brand, model, tubes or tubeless? The tread design loks fast. Any feedback on them?
Hi NIck –
I always run tubeless (I should do a blog post on that I think!). I am running Continental tires. In this picture, I was running the race king: http://www.conti-online.com/generator/www/de/en/continental/bicycle/themes/mtb/cc_marathon/Race%20King/raceking_en.html
This tire is good for terrain that is not loose or muddy. I tend to like a more aggressive tread on my tires because I am usually an aggressive descender and with the race kings, I feel they slip out from under me a little bit. I will be running the speed kings for my race this weekend, and possibly for most of the season if we get along:
Continental tires are some of the best out there.