My long ride for the week was at 47 miles and 5,100 feet elevation gain. My goal today was either 50 miles or 5,000 feet. I was going to go the additional 3 miles to make it look better but just ran out of time
. Awesome ride overall. There was still snow and ice over 3,500 feet on the north sides of the mountains which was surprising and a bit frusterating. I had to hike a bike several sections as there was just no way due to 12% grades and the ice. I had 5 miles over 4,000 feet so I had to deal with quite a bit in that stretch. Also the gravel was very soggy which made peddaling difficult but good practice!
I also today for the first time in a long while dealt with my vertigo and balance disorder that unfortunately is a byproduct of my hearing loss but to be honest since it was all gravel road and no singletrack (still to wet up here in WNC) it did not matter too much except on the snow and ice. I am glad it happened in case I have to deal with it on race day!
I stopped a total of 23 minutes to refil my camelbak and gatorage (water bottle) on two passes of my car at miles 27 and 38. I also stopped several times on the trail for a few minutes to stretch. Really bad idea as I think that hurt more than help as the muscles tightened up.
My stem was changed from an 80mm to a 60mm and that took care of the lower back pain and neck pain. I have also been stretching a lot at home so that may have played in part but it was nice not to deal with those pain issues. I think I liked the way I climbed better with the 80mm but I am sure I will get used to it. I can manueuver better with the shorter stem. Overall my legs and lungs were good but I know I still have a long way to go. With this weeks weather coming up and an extra hours I am shooting for lots of miles this week. Hopefully the rain will hold off Monday and the trails will be all dried out. My goal 60 miles next weekend and lots of shorter rides in between!http://app.strava.com/activities/43791521#742447498