You might think that I'm really apprehensive about the Rocky Mountain ride, coming up now in only 22 short days. But I'm not. I don't know why, because I should be. But there's nothing I can do but ride, try to spend as much time as I can climbing then go and do it. It has been a while since my last update and there has been some riding since I last reported on the recovery ride after my 103 mile trek. Rides since then have been (miles / feet of climbing):
37.3 / 1,741
18.1 / 1,150
57.6 / 3,530
84.1 / 5,592
24.6 / 1,814
The last ride just completed about 2 1/2 hours ago. What an absolutely spectacular evening it was for a ride, too. Cool, but just right for riding in shorts and a short sleeve jersey (NEW shorts and jersey they would be, too) with no wind. I was on the Bianchi, because I took the Trek in to River Trails for a tune up before the big ride. Up Bliss Road, Down FO, up OA, right back down OA and up FO, back to Bliss, down to the local Subway and home. If only every day could be like this one.
Totals for the year are 1,448.0 miles (2,063.2 including the trainer miles) and 82,691 feet of climbing. That's Mt. Everest, K2 and Denali with over 5,000 feet to spare.
So, what about this Rocky Mountain ride? Details are on the the Cycle America web site ~ click here. We ride from Loveland, Colorado to Estes Park and Granby before heading to Steamboat Springs where we have a day off. I hope I make it there so I can enjoy the off day. From Steamboat Springs it is on to Walden, Saratoga, Wyoming, Laramie then back to Loveland. About 500 miles and an undocumented amount of climbing (but it will be a bunch). We've already been warned to bring cold weather / wet weather gear. Just a walk in the park.
OK, so maybe I am just a little apprehensive.