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.
Last week we had a rest week and things worked out so it was looking like I had a free weekend. So Pretty last minute my GF and I loaded up the car and drove down to Moab, UT. We stayed through the weekend, went and hiked the Needles, which is in Canyon Lands National Monument, and we also did some road riding and relaxing. It was a perfect break from every day life. What made it even better was coming back and not having to catch up on anything. No extra training to do or work to catch up on.
This week is back to work however, We are ramping up the minutes as usual and I have been spending more and more time training each day. Things ahead are sure to be busier and harder as we get into the meat of summer training here soon. I am excited though to get things underway. The next two years are going to fly by... So far this summer has gone well. This weekend I will be back on the bike road racing again and I hope to gain some upgrade points. It's been much harder then I anticipated this year... However I think I am making gains fast and its only a matter of time before I start getting better results.
Jumping will kick off here in just a few short weeks. With some rule changes its sure to be interesting this summer on the jump hill, both in training and competitions. I will try to keep posting the biggest differences I notice once we get underway.
So check back soon...