Nordic Combined Athlete
Jumping Farther, Skiing Faster
Yesterday our team took on the challenge to do a loop that consists of 150 miles with 7000 feet of climbing. We started in Kamas, UT at 8 am. Rolled out and headed up towards Coalville, UT, once in Coalville we headed out Chalk Creek Canyon. This was a rolling canyon that heads northeast towards Evanston, WY. Our first flat of the day was myself. I flatted on the dirt section at the end of C.C. The dirt section was extremely grueling, the road had just been graded which you would think would make our lives easier, however it made it more challenging. The gravel was loose on the surface and lightly sprinkled on the road surface. Plus probably the biggest climb of C.C. is on the dirt section. Luckily for us the dirt was significantly better by the time we reached the hill. The road in that section had been treated and was hard and debris free. From there it was smooth sailing for the next 40 miles into Evanston and through to the Mirror Lake Highway. We made it about 15 miles down the highway when we had our second flat of the day. While waiting for Dave to fix his tube, Old Greg showed up in the sag wagon to deliver us some delicious Mcdonalds. This was a huge boost for us, we pounded down some burgers, fries and some coke, and hopped back on the bike for the last 70 miles.
This is when the ride took a challenging turn. Riding up C.C. we had no wind what so ever however when we turned and started the M.L.H. the wind gradually picked up making our lives hell. Beating us in the face the 20 mph winds zapped the energy of our group by the Rangers station just before the climb to the summit. Dave, Eric, and greg loaded up in the car and waved good bye to Taylor and myself determined to finish the ride. Long story short we carried on over the climb and averaged 52 km per hour back the the car from the summit to call it a day. The ride took us 9 hours. Eric bested his previous longest ride by almost 70 miles. He was a champ. I owe a big thanks to Greg for supporting us through the day, and also to Dave for getting the ride organized and pulling us along the way.
Today I continue the punishment with another distance session and weights... Lets see if I am walking on thursday! Check back then.