Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Apison Time Trial

With the season winding down, I decided it was time to do a fitness evaluation in the form of a short 3 mile mostly uphill time trial out of Apison.

This time my son served as the rabbit, setting out 30 seconds in front of me. Having done this a couple times in the past, I decided to try to save some reserves for the steepest course section and the end section which is a long false flat.

In the past I have gone very hard from the start and faded significantly towards the end. This time I went hard but not all out, sprinted up the middle hill, conserved on the backside and hammered the finish.

The result? 11 seconds off the pace of my son, and a second best personal performance to date. Even at 200+ I was able to maintain contact to my 135 lb climber of a son! Just trying to keep him honest...

The rest of the ride was supposed to be total recovery and easy spin, which worked out pretty well until we were coming into Apison and noticed a guy up the road on a time trial machine. How could I tell it was a guy? (he was not wearing a shirt).

On the run in to Collegedale we passed him, and then made it stick all the way home.

Instead of one very hard 8 minute interval, we had two.

I love it when a plan comes together.

Time Trial Time = 0:8:55 for 3 miles = 20.19 mph

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Early Fall

It's been unseasonably cool the last few days and I took advantage last night to get some much needed training in.

The wind was blowing pretty good out of the north, so I went south knowing that I should have gone north.

My intention was to ride easy through the halfway point and then turn the screws until I didn't have anything left when I got back home.

Everything worked out perfectly, with the wind joining in and punishing my efforts.

On the last leg, 2 miles from home, we (my son was riding with me) saw a carrot riding about 1/4 mile in front of us.

This part of the ride can be excruciating starting with a long false flat, kicking up, and then up hard. As we approached the rider I was suffering intently trying to measure my pace to be able to latch on if the rider decided to accelerate. I paused near the back of his wheel and then pulled up along side to chat and said something like "This is a nasty climb". Imagine my surprise, he said something unintelligible, and I noticed him wheezing and sucking air trying to find more oxygen (Serious Oxygen debt). Of course I didn't let on that I was pretty much trashed at that point too pulled ahead to ratchet up the pace some more.

We were able to hold the lead and finish hard.

A good workout on a gorgeous evening.

Ride details

Summary Data
Total Time (h:m:s) 1:04:49 3:11 pace
Moving Time (h:m:s) 1:03:41 3:07 pace
Distance (mi ) 20.33
Moving Speed (mph) 19.2 avg. 40.6 max.
Elevation Gain (ft) +1,769 / -1,781

Temperature (°F) 78.8°F avg. 78.8°F high
Wind Speed ( mph) SSW 10.3 avg. SSW 11.5 max.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Big Hike

Not satisfied with the infrequent mountain bike excursions into the woods, I took advantage of the Labor Day vacation and went for an eleven mile walk in the woods.

The adventure was supposed to be 14 miles into the black bear and wild boar country of North Georgia, some even say Sasquatch country. Fortunately the guy I was going to catch a ride with, discovered an error in my math, and vetoed the planned route in favor of a different one. This route would be five miles shorter than my planned route.

We got on the road by 5:30am to make the two hour trek by truck to the Tearbritches trail head in the Cohutta wilderness. Following the trail over Bald Mtn, we descended into the wilderness paradise over 1200 feet down to the Conasauga river. From there we headed south following the river upstream, making about 10 river crossings and stopping twice to refuel and get water. Leaving the Conasauga, we followed the Chestnut Lead trail back to the road and then another mile to the parking lot where we started.

Yesterday and so-far today have been difficult. The pain of getting out of chairs and going up and down stairs have been a continuous reminder of how out of shape I am.

Which means that I need to do more and more often.

>Hiking Data/Trail Location