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To hell and back yesterday....(5 posts)

To hell and back yesterday....Mabero
Aug 22, 2001 3:57 AM
Yesterday's ride for me was quite a turn in of events. I went from having a miserable ride where I felt like the brakes were on to having one of the best highs of my life on a bike.

For the first 22 miles I felt awful, I mean my mph was the same as it usually is but I felt like I was working an awful lot for the type of terrain I was on. I was getting destroyed on ever hill and felt weak coming off. Getting out of breath quick, recovering quickly, then same cycle over and over.

So I figured okay, I'll do 8 miles more and get an even 30 in for the day. Well after a wrong turn I found a road that eventually takes to the bottom of a little mountain that I had never gone up. I had found it a month ago and figured I just get back there someday and do it. Well I figured what the hell!

As I climbed my legs were burning as they always do but I just wanted to persevere. I made sure I was pedalling as efficient as I could and alternated sitting down on the gradual sections and standing up on the short steep sections. And after two switchbacks that took my legs away I was at the top gazing around other mountains in the distance, with no site of civilization. A smile just crept on my face, as I just conquered another hill :)

Then as I started to descend the other side which at the time I didn't realize was shorter but a lot steeper! I zoomed down going 45+ down the hill eclipsing my fastest speed ever! I had a grin from ear as I came to the stop sign, and had a grin on my face for the rest of the ride.

And as I rode another 30 or so miles I felt the best I have felt in few weeks, flying up hills, casual on flats, and relaxed all around.

Sigh of relief, from tears of frustration and wanting to go home, to wishing there was more time to explore the open road. To hell and back, all in one day.
Aug 22, 2001 4:20 AM
Be the bike.
Hey, I was on that ride yesterday... (nm)Spinchick
Aug 22, 2001 5:15 AM
RE: Hey, I was on that ride yesterday... (nm)Mabero
Aug 22, 2001 5:40 AM
Yeh it really does seem we are in the same boat considering yesterday's post by you...

We should ride together for we have someone to complain and cry during the first 20 miles of the ride.
This week I'll be complaining about NOT riding...Spinchick
Aug 22, 2001 10:43 AM
Go figure.