Today was the test run -- 3 hrs on the singlespeed in Weiser. The little guy in my head was giving me a run for my money: "What makes you think you can ride 3 hours with one gear when you haven't even been out on the bike but 3 times all winter? Why do you think you can do what you did when you were in better shape? What about that 9 mile climb -- you used to be able to do it... but that was then, this is now."
ENUF! That rat bastard. I proved him wrong. First up was the 9 mile climb. Its really an easy, gradual, slow climb from the East End parking lot, via Doc smith, Rattling Creek, Dry Run, Schreffler, Ironmine, and ending with Wolf Pond fire road to the tippy top of Weiser state forest -- 9 glorious miles. No issues. I circled around Rim snowmobile, Lukes and Grimm, then back on some singletrack to finish the ride -- Shale Run, Preserve line and ending up Fawn Kill.
Piece of cake. 19.5 miles, 11.4 in singletrack. All with one 20-tooth cog. Love it. Love it. Love it. Happy. Happy. Happy. I feel good the summer marathons will be just fine -- maybe even with one gear. Its ok to go slow isn't it? Teehee.