Sunday, March 6, 2011

Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

One of these days I'm going to bite it on that bridge.

Hills.  Lots of hills.  3200 feet of climbing over 40 miles today.  There's a 4 mile section of short but steep rollers on my regular endurance route and today I spent a little over two hours riding back and forth on them.  I'll be doing this twice a week at least through Trans Iowa in an effort to better control my leg cramps.  Well that, and also for the +3 bonus to my climbing stats.  I really suck at climbing.

So anyway I took off a little after 2pm today and rode the rollers until it got too late to do anymore.  I'm wishing now that I had left earlier or brought some lighting with me, because I really didn't feel as worked over as I thought I would.  I was hoping to ride into some cramps and then battle through them for a little while longer.  Instead, I didn't even get the early cramp-twinges until I had already pulled back into town and was climbing my last hill.  Another hour out on the rollers would have been perfect.  At least I established something of a baseline.  I can work with that.

Other news:  I signed up for the Cup O' Dirt challenge.  Jared from CIRREM told me about it, so I sent off the email this week.  I asked about hazing, since I have my own paddle.  He declined the spankdown, but now I have to ride my next full century in a speedo and a clown wig.  I made a counter offer.  We'll see if he accepts...


  1. Way to manimal the training.
    That bridge looks like a rush. Coming off a hill, and hit parallel planks,,,,,,,,,,,wooshhhh.

    Watch out for the "cup-o-dirt" it can be addicting.

  2. It's a sketchy one. It wasn't a big deal when I was riding my hardtail over it, but those 700x35 tires on the Surly are just narrow enough to fit in those cracks.