15 Days – $03,150
Ahhhhhhh, I finally got on the bike again yesterday. I was surprised with the power that I had, but power isn’t going to get me there in a couple of weeks. I’m going to need some endurance!
Mike McCaskill stopped by to see me. We talked about the ride and I gave him some questions I want him to answer in a special post to LowCadence.com. I’m hoping to have it published early next week.
I love talking with Mike because he is one of those people who motivates you with his enthusiasm. It isn’t a boisterous display. It is a confidence and fire in the eye. His most exuberant display is when he says, “I am PUMPED!”
I stopped by Sunshine Cycle Shop on my way out because I needed to get a couple of nutrition bars. My stomach was giving me that hungry feeling and I hadn’t even started riding. The stop helped determine the direction my ride would head.
The direction would lead me to the base of Paris Mountain. I figured I might as well get some climbing in. To make the most of it, I turned onto Audubon Road. Here is where you will find some of the steepest grades as you climb back to Altamont Road.
“Don’t push it,” I told myself. “You just aren’t in shape for this!” At the same time, I didn’t want to meander up the road. The pedals just went around in a constant meter and nearing the top I slowed to the finish. It wasn’t until I got home and uploaded my data to Strava that I learned I had climbed the section only 2 seconds slower than my PR!
Then it was on to the top. I wanted to go up the Tower Spur or Tower Extension — whatever you call the little road that takes you to the top of Paris Mountain where all the radio towers are. What a beautiful view of the city and surrounding area — except for the radio towers.
Once again I came home to find that I had put a decent little time (relatively speaking) on that short climb. I was only 5 seconds off of a time when I actually tried to go fast. Again, I wasn’t even thinking of it then. I was just out riding.
I came off the mountain and pointed my bike toward Travelers Rest. The plan at that point was to get on the Swamp Rabbit Trail and measure it from its farthest point in TR to its stopping point in Greenville. This would help me with the plans for the Ride for Mike.
On the way, I made a detour up what is called on Strava, The Spinning Wheel. I admit at this point I was feeling loose and it crossed my mind to give the KOM a try. I started off at a good pace and was feeling good until the road kicked up after about a half a mile.
Whoa, horse! The muscles weren’t liking that. They started reminding me that they weren’t used to this sort of thing! I backed off and gave up on the KOM. I didn’t sit up. I just eased up a little, but kept pressure on the pedals.
Once again I got home to discover that I had climbed the segment only 4 seconds off my PR. So, I know the power is there for these short sustained climbs. I’ve just got to get out on the mountain some more so that I can get used to the longer slog.
I also accomplished my goal of getting the measurements for the Swamp Rabbit Trail. I created a segment marking the trail and came up with a distance of 14.5 miles. That is good. It means that with the distance we are covering in TR to get started we will spend 30 of our 100 miles on the SRT. That means only 70 miles on more rolling terrain.
We also now have $3150 in pledges. The bamboo bicycle auction is up to $2750. AND we still have 15 days to go!
As Mike would say, “I’m pumped!”