|The bike on top of Taylor Pass after riding up Express Creek Road.|
Ran the entire thing, kept everything in check and in the MAF range. 8.95 miles with 3976 feet of gain. Felt solid the entire run... well, except for the warmup that is. My brain is becoming engaged now and thinking of "other things" past Leadman. Definitely a good sign.
|The route from the apartment up to the Sundeck. It was pretty rainy from mile five on. Glad to ride the Gondola down!|
Ambitious would best describe my plan for today's ride. My goal was to leave the apartment, head up to Ashcroft via Castle Creek Road, catch Express Creek Road up to Taylor Pass then Richmond Ridge Road North all the way to the top of Aspen Mountain then just bomb down Aspen Mountain on Summer Road. My goal time for all of this was five hours. I did it in 5:21 and that includes a good portion of dicking around time and even stopping once to clean the chain and re-lube it. I made the Sundeck right at five hours... it only took me 21 minutes to get down off the mountain and home. I was flying!
Anyway, 34.38 miles, 8107 feet in gain and I did it in 5:21:32. Avg elevation was 10585 for the day.
|Today's loop up to Taylor Pass and back to Aspen. I rode it counterclockwise.|
|And for s's and g's, here is the elevation profile for today's ride.|
But past all of this? There is still RRR100 in Steamboat on the 13th of September. THAT is actually my endgame for the summer. Survive the next three weeks, recover and then do what I have to do to get ready for that race.
Really RRR100 has been lodged waaay back in the back of my mind these past few months, even if I did register in January. But now it is slowly moving to the forefront which is good. It's another sign of my confidence rising. I can look past the next three weeks and see myself on the other side and then getting ready for Steamboat. Actually I am starting to look forward to RRR100. Again, another good sign.
But for now, I am done. For the next 17 days or so, no more big workouts. No more big runs, and no more big rides. The past three months at least I feel as if I have been on the ragged edge of training, always exhausted and always fatigued. It has shown in my races for sure. But now I am feeling way stronger, not as fatigued, and with this window of rest opening up for me now I can't see my confidence, my ambition, my drive, and my optimism going in any direction except for up.
Nope... no last minute desperation training here... :)