Thursday, October 11, 2012
I started off chilled and shivering. It was a bright sunny morning with a brisk wind blowing around the valleys and ridges and I was excited about spending the day alone in the woods. I headed up the Kitsuma switchbacks and across the ridgeline into the Old Fort Picnic ground. Up the pavement, through Graphite, up and over the tracks onto Lower Heartbreak. I love this area. I have learned so much about riding and endurance, pacing, nutrition while training and racing ORAMM. Today, I was pleased that nutrition was not one of my main concerns. To say my nutrition is dialed might be overstating it, there is always room for improvement. But, I have it down pretty well and it has become second nature.
Up and over to Star Gap, and then Jarret's Creek road. I was surprised to find the road packed and well trodden after the first gate. It appears that there has been a lot of vehicular traffic, cutting down on weeds and packing the road. It was fast, not that I went fast, but the potential was there.
As I climbed, I thought through different things that are happening in life right now. Lots of exciting things, lots of pressure, lots of baggage from life stuff. Kids have it good. They have the thrill of life around them, less the baggage that accumulates over the years. I'm making it my goal to reduce the amount of baggage that my kid accumulates as a result of growing up in my house. I'll let you know how that goes....in 20 yrs.
I bombed down into the gap and then spun my way up to Heartbreak Ridge Trail. I took a break at the gap before descending. I won't say that I bombed down, because that would be a lie, but I did remind myself to use my brakes less, and focus on smooth lines through the corners. Maybe it will make me faster, maybe not, but at least I'll have to buy less brake pads.
On down, through the creek and over the tracks then up Mill Creek Rd. Its funny, the gravel road climb can be long and grinding, but after Curtis Creek Rd, its not as bad. Relative....
And then I was at the top, changed and heading down through Black Mountain, and some Okie Dokies Smokehouse BBQ to top off my weekend. ( I realized on my ride that Thursdays have been my only "day off" recently, and so I have adopted it as my weekend)
Posted by Stephen at 9:14 PM