biking - dark blue bike3:32:16 37.1 mi (5:43 / mi) +4606ft5:07 / mi ahr:129 max:161 weight:136.5lbs
Made it up Kingsley Hill. :-)
Started at the junction of Route 2 and the road up along the Deerfield River to Monroe Bridge and Reading, VT. Plan was to test myself on Kingsley Hill, and then continue on to see some places not previously visited.
Warm day. Took it easy all to way up to Monroe Bridge. Lots of people out rafting/kayaking/tubing on the Deerfield. Must say it looked more fun than what I was doing (although I was having a fine time).
Kingsley Hill was tough, 900' climb in 1.4 miles, first part especially steep. Made it up, lowest gear (obviously), but in reasonable control. See comments.
Then into Vermont. I'd only brought one (large) bottle of water and drank that before the hill, so stopped in Readsboro for another bottle and a bit to eat.
Then a bunch of hilly back roads working my way over to the upper part of the Bear Swamp pump storage facility in Rowe. Nasty hills getting to the reservoir, then a really nasty hill going down, steep, loose dirt, on the brakes hard all the way. Sure glad when that was done.
Except a moment later, back on flat pavement, a little hill coming, shifted to the smaller chainring and the chain dropped off to the inside and got jammed. Took me 10 minutes to get things back working again, and then the gears were running rough for the couple of miles back to the car. Obviously needs adjusting.
Quite trashed by the time I was done. Stopped at the first store I saw for chocolate milk. A good outing.
Went up to Vermont yesterday evening with Dave, Rick, and Tim, then manning an early aid station at the Vermont 100 from 5:30 to 9:00. Brought back some nice memories of that course and running ultras in general.
biking - dark blue bike48:03 10.4 mi (4:37 / mi) +781ft4:19 / mi ahr:122 max:168 weight:136.5lbs
Just a short outing, the purpose being once up South Sugarloaf and hopefully putting in a good hard effort in the process. The challenge is similar to various time trials I used to run over the years -- you know it will hurt -- but I have much less practice doing it on a bike.
And so much less of a sense of how hard I can push without, I think the word is, cracking. And there is certainly a fear of cracking, because the assumption is at that point I'd be so wasted that I wouldn't be able to either keep going or unclip. Just sprawled on the pavement. Not a pretty image. So there's always a little held in reserve.
Anyway, nice cool day, low 60s, no wind to speak of, roads pretty much dry after morning rain. Did a proper warm-up. Just so I know for the next time I try, first part of the way in 3rd gear, then 2nd where it got steep, then a bit of 3rd before the hairpin, then 2nd the rest of the way. Pretty much max effort.
Only thing I screwed up was the Garmin, stopped it in the process of getting through the light at the bottom, didn't restart it until I was 1:35 up. But that was partly because I was taking my time on my regular watch, easier to see, but my mind was clearly overloaded.
Splits at usual spots: 2:49, 5:32, 6:35, 7:41, 8:26, 9:05 at the top. Delighted. Must be the new bike. :-)
And then a gentle cool down on the way home. It sure is nicer coming down Sugarloaf with disc brakes.
biking - dark blue bike1:43:55 18.61 mi (5:35 / mi) +2559ft4:56 / mi ahr:134 max:164 weight:137lbs
Back to a loop I did a couple of weeks, the main parts of which are a couple of good climbs, Cooper Lane and Patton Hill, just with the new bike. Got around 16 minutes quicker. Not sure to what extent I was working harder, was aiming for a relaxed pace with the exception of course of the two climbs. Average heart rate was 10 beats higher, but that seems to fluctuate a good bit day to day. So who knows.
Liking the bike. Specs are here, got the dark blue color because that's what was available, with the one change being a 11-36 cassette. Very glad I got that.