Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I was feeling good and could tell that I was getting stronger. I was climbing faster with a lower RPE (rate of perceived exertion). I was sweating, maintaining my core heat, and basically enjoying the ride.
The foliage is thickening and turning a darker green. The sky was bright blue with giant puffs of white clouds. The humidity was high, but the air was cool. I have learned that even though the air is cool, with high humidity, I can still overheat.
I made my way up to Bent Creek Gap then turned around and came back down to Sidehill. Sidehill is a fun trail that winds back and forth around the contours of the mountain. With a couple of stream crossings, and some good views of the forest falling away below.
At the bottom of Sidehill, I headed up the gravel road to Hickory Top. I took this trail to Five Points and took a minute to decide if I had time to head up to Green's Lick. I decided not to tonight. As I headed down Ingles Field, I was feeling good. I let the Siren glide down the trail, aiming for rocks and roots instead of hitting the brakes to slow down and pick a smooth line around them.
Back at the parking lot and feeling good, I loaded up and headed home. 2.5 hrs on the dirt felt great.
Have a great day.
Posted by My name is Stephen at 6:36 AM