Monday, March 23, 2015
I've been getting in some 3 hrs rides over mixed terrain, and some shorter rides on single track, and even some slower recovery type rides. But, my legs are missing that snap. That good feeling, that while it sometimes hurts to get over the climb, it still feels good. I've had the hurt, just not the good feeling.
I ran into David Noletti the other day and we talked about kids, cookies and intervals. I realized after that discussion, that intervals just might be the missing link. I might be strong, and have endurance miles built up, but without intervals...... aaah, the missing link.
So, 3 weeks from my first race of the year, I did my first set. And it felt so good. It even felt great, and terrible all at the same time.
I'm feeling excited about riding again, especially during this time crunched time of year, when I don't have time for long rides.
Posted by Stephen at 7:28 PM
Sunday, March 01, 2015
I headed down again to explore some of those roads that I had linked together on the map. I was excited when I turned left on the first bit of gravel about 2 miles from the Sedalia Campground and the northern trailhead of the PT. I headed down excited about the day, then came to a gate.
On to the next section of "unimproved" road, and it turned out to be paved. I continued following my planned route looking forward to the next road which would take me through a ford across a tributary of the Tyger River. I crossed SC 176 from Eaves Rd to Mikes Rd and dropped down. 200yards later, I was in what looked like someone's driveway: clicke here for the Google Streetview image. There were dogs barking and 2 guys standing near the single wide looking down at something. As far as I know, they didn't see me, and I decided that I didn't want to be here, or cross this property. Again, I turned around and rerouted. After several more miles of pavement, I decided to scrap the plan for the route. Even if I was able to find some gravel, it would not be worth all of the pedaling on pavement to get there.
Back on the road, and pedaling, I formulated another plan. Why not just park at the northern trailhead at Sadalia Campground, ride the shortest pavement route to the southern trailhead and then follow the Palmetto Trail back to Sadalia? 35 miles of pavement, and 36 miles of back country single track. Sounds like a fun challenge.
Enoree Challenge anyone?
Posted by Stephen at 6:56 PM