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Mt. Lemon... my first real hills.(6 posts)

Mt. Lemon... my first real hills.Mr Nick
Oct 29, 2003 9:45 PM
This post is a little late, but school has been keeping me busy. Anyway I rode Mt. Lemon in Tucson, AZ on Saturday and had a blast. But what I realized is that riding in Scottsdale in no way prepared me for the hills. During the 40 miles we climbed quite a few hills and I was amazed at how slow my pace was. I had never felt my lungs burn out so quickly. It has caused me to find the one hill near my house and climb it as many times as possible this week. Today I just went up and down, up and down. Hopefully the next time I attack Mt. Lemon I won't be the guy keepin the whole pack back.

On a side note I had a question about warm up time. It seems like it takes me a long time to warm up. I don't really hit my stride and feel really good until mile 10 or so. For the first few miles it actually feels like I am going to burn out early, and then just when I think it is going to be a short day, I get a surge and am good to go. Anyone else experience this slow get up and go?
Warmup time...biknben
Oct 30, 2003 5:24 AM
If your just going out to ride then a warmup isn't critical. That's not to say it isn't a good idea but it's not going to make or break your ride.

OTOH, if you've got some serious efforts planned you should give yourself some time and get the blood flowing first. I wait about 30 minutes into my harder workouts before doing anything strenuous. Any earlier than that and I just don't feel lively.

Some people can hammer out of the gate while others need more time. A riding buddy of mine doesn't feel good for the first
i hour
of a ride. We joke with him when we get to the hour mark since most of the other riders are holding back a little up to that point.

Welcome to the hills. They are humbling, but they make you stronger!
The 10-minutes-for-every-decade-ruleOldEdScott
Oct 30, 2003 6:30 AM
Well, it's not a rule, but it's something I've noticed. In my 20s, it took me about 10 minutes to get down in the groove. I my 30s, maybe 20 minutes. In my 40s, it was a good half hour. Now, in my 50s, I usually have to ride 40 minutes or so before the engine's warm and idling right.
How far did you go? The road is closed 11 miles up.maurizio
Oct 30, 2003 8:12 AM
How far up Mt. Lemmon did you go? I was told that the road to the top is closed about 11 miles up, which makes a nice climb, but nothing like the 27 to the top.
I'm told it won't be open completely until next year.
How far did you go? The road is closed 11 miles up.dave woof
Oct 30, 2003 8:28 AM
I drove it 2 weeks ago, it was closed to bikes at that point. kinda sucked - but the road was really bad anyway - all torn up, and it was down to one lane in some places with traffic lights. It was great climb before they tore it up.

How far did you go? The road is closed 11 miles up.import silvia
Nov 3, 2003 8:31 AM
I took my first swing at the Lemon this weekend. Only rode up to Molino Basin (5 miles) but it was way more hill riding than I've ever done. It was a huge rush coming down the mountain, never gone that fast for so long. I'm gonna have to add that into my normal ride routine.