Friday, March 27, 2009

Summer Marathon Riding -- Here I Come

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.


The Wiser Weiser said...

My inspiration is back!! ;) just don't make yourself sick---make sure you get enough recovery time in! i've been sick all week because i overdid it last weekend when i was just getting over a cold! So now i'm going to try my lungs and legs out on the trainer for an hour or so... :)

Chili said...

Thanks for the recovery tip -- I plan to do that diligently! Nothing like R&R!

Chili said...

I think you got it switched -- you inspired ME to get riding!!!!

The Wiser Weiser said...

We inspire each other! :)