Collegiate Peaks 50 mile trail run
Ice Age 50 mile trail run
3 hrs, 5,000 ft climb run
100 mile, 7,000 ft climb road ride
I work more on the weekends than I do at my job (my boss will concur with this).
Saturday I got out with Donnie (Hardrock 100 and Leadville 100 finisher) for a couple trips to the top of Green Mtn.
Yesterday I headed up to Ft. Collins for the RAM Bicycle Classic Century (100 mile ride). I can tell you from personal experience that riding 100 miles, even with a massive climb in the first 20 miles and around 7,000 ft of climb total, is much easier than running 100 miles (footfeathers' obvious statement of the week). I had 10 miles total of road riding over the last 3 years, so why not just do a 100?
On the giant 3,500 ft climb starting at mile 11 I came up on Mike then Paul shortly thereafter. Funny enough, they're brothers. We just sort of fell into riding together. To say it was windy is like saying the sun's surface is warm. I was crazy windy, and almost exclusively a cross wind.
Now, to be honest, I had to baby Mike and Paul along with miles of fast riding with them drafting off the wake created by my powerful force. Well, fine, actually I was typically following one of them so closely that it would've just been more efficient to crawl up on their backs like a cape. Mike was taking long, I mean long, like 3 mile pulls at the front hitting 28 up to 31 mph. It was all I could do to hang on. We joked and laughed, ate some good food at aid stops, and road like champs, finishing in 5:35, an average pace of around 18 mph. They're solid cyclists and a ton of fun to hang with.
Afterward, there was food (lots-of-food), including salad, yes, my favorite post endurance race food and (queue the angels) New Belgium Brewery out of Ft. Collins, complete with their trailer with taps on the side of 1554, Fat Tire, and Ranger IPA. I had a long way to swerve home, so I kept my intake to three pints [with a sunburn and near 6 hours in the saddle on low caloric intake, three good beers is like someone throwing a blanket over your head and beating you with an axe handle - but I loved it].
|Left to right: Mike, Nate (giant calf guy), and Mike's bro, Paul. Awesome guys!|
Thanks for the ride, guys. Look forward to getting out on the bikes (mountain too) soon!