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Not Wintery...!

Postby bmike » Wed Jan 02, 2008 5:49 pm

So, I finally moved my bike indoors on the trainer. Here's a snap of a hill climb I did last June - probably my last 'great' training ride before I let work, life, and house repairs get in the way of keeping up on my fitness. Been dreaming of feeling like I did on that day - so I'm starting out '08 inspired to dial the fitness back in...

The climb is up to Bolton Ski Resort. I suffered through it, as I'm not a born climber, and even last summer I was off my previous summer's fitness levels so it was harder (but rewarding) than ever. Love this type of thing though...

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the grade maxed out at 17% according to my computer / altimeter (and double checking some topos and with local cyclists this is a real number...
not the steepest i've climbed (i've done 22% max on Appalachian Gap, which crosses the Long Trail), and i failed at 24% on Lincoln Gap (just south on the long trail from App Gap)

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Postby Mags » Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:02 pm

Phew! My legs are sore just thinking of that elev gain. :O
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Re: Not Wintery...!

Postby zelph » Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:07 pm

I'm with Mags on this one, phew, huff puff :oops:

but we have confidence you'll be back in shape in short order, climb those rocks!!!!!! :)
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Postby bmike » Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:19 pm

Mags wrote:Phew! My legs are sore just thinking of that elev gain. :O


was most excellent.
a 300k personal endurance event i did in '05 had 20k of climbing in 300k of road. was incredible. from boston into new hampshire then across southern vermont and back. i dropped out at 2am at mile 221 due to knee pain (go figure) with some serious fit issues on my old bike. remedied that with my new ride... but haven't taken on that type of event again. will be doing it next season for sure.

of course mags posts some pretty beautiful and wonderful scenery too - takes my breath away for sure, in both pictures and imaging getting there!

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Postby Mags » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:26 pm

Someday I'd like to do a bike tour. Touring New England in the fall would be awesome. I'm from RI originally, and have fond memories of parts of New England.

I figure a bike tour that was mainly camping at established places (w/ showers!) with a B&B thrown in every so often may be an easier sell than say..hiking the CDT for four months. ;-)
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Re: Not Wintery...!

Postby zelph » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:40 pm

an easier sell than say..hiking the CDT for four months.


I'm sold on that one!!! I'm a softy, give me the B&B plan :mrgreen:
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Re: Not Wintery...!

Postby Mags » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:55 pm

zelph wrote:
an easier sell than say..hiking the CDT for four months.


I'm sold on that one!!! I'm a softy, give me the B&B plan :mrgreen:



Heh..I was thinking of someone a bit more..female? :)
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Re: Not Wintery...!

Postby zelph » Thu Jan 03, 2008 12:59 pm

Mags wrote:
zelph wrote:
an easier sell than say..hiking the CDT for four months.


I'm sold on that one!!! I'm a softy, give me the B&B plan :mrgreen:



Heh..I was thinking of someone a bit more..female? :)


I knew that!!!!! :lol:
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Re: Not Wintery...!

Postby zelph » Thu Jan 03, 2008 1:00 pm

Are most of the trees conifers in New England?
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Re: Not Wintery...!

Postby bmike » Thu Jan 03, 2008 1:09 pm

zelph wrote:Are most of the trees conifers in New England?


mix of hardwoods and conifers, depending on where you are. colors are a riot here in fall... we actually have a term for tourists that come up from MA, CT, NY, NJ - 'leaf peepers'
many many sugar maple trees here in vt... so we get plenty of red and dark orange colors.


a new england bike tour would be great... there are many established state parks with lean-to camping and tent camping, and many many B&Bs to get pampered in. i'm teaching a course in southern MA early next summer - i plan on riding the bike down for the trip - me, the bike, and my gear (computer and projector) in a bike trailer. i'll be hammock camping in a few state parks along the way, and i'll probably even camp at my destination...


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