Sunday, April 22, 2007

day two for CT camp planning

Thursday, the second day of our CT camp planning trip, we headed out for a run at 6:30am, again on the trail course that we ran yesterday. I wanted to get out a bit further on the trails and make sure they were as good as I thought they were on Wednesday. After a big ride like we did Wednesday, the brain could be a bit clouded on later tasks. We dragged Big Rock's with us. The trail turned out to be even better than the previous day. We went out a bit further and ended up on an overlook with views that were incredible.

We headed back to the Interlaken for a great breakfast and then Baker and I suited up to ride. The biggest bummer about cold weather riding is that it takes 30 minutes to get dressed! The temperature was still in the high 40's to low 50's and overcast. We were exploring another ride we plan on doing. This ride is really challenging and really scenic and really challenging. When we finished the ride, we were both whooped, but fired up at the same time. The course is really solid. I discussed with Baker how it's actually more challenging than the rides we did in Arizona. In Arizona, the climbs were really long, but at a consistent and moderate grade. You could get into a good rythm on the climbs. We'd usually be riding flat to get to the climb, then ride flat after the climb. Great, great riding, just way different than here. The ride Baker and I did Thursday, there were some serious climbs every 15 to 20 minutes. they didn't last too long, but they were quite steep, some greater than an 18% grade. They were on twisting courses where you'd turn a corner and BAM, run smack into a steep climb. It's hard to get a rythm on these climbs. This gives some serious strength and confidence, plus it is really scenic.
I felt strong on the bike both days which always helps in liking a course that much more.
All in all, it was a very productive two day excursion and the CT camp is going to be great.

Of course, Friday, and this weekend, the weather turns beautiful! Man, after writing aboout the weather from Wednesday, I could certainly handle the weather we had this weekend year round.

Hope everyone has a great week. Life is quite short, as we once again learned this weekend here in CT. Make the most of this week ahead.



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