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Sunday, May 17, 2009


Looks like I'll be heading to Spartanburg on Monday morning to take part in the Assault on Mt. Mitchell ride. It's 103 miles and ends with a climb of Mt. Mitchell, the highest mountain east of the Rockies.

Getting into this thing on a whim at the last moment and not having prepared in the least (apart from my normal tri training) my plan was to take it super easy until we hit the mountain (around mile 83 I think) and then suffer my way to the top. But .... since I'll riding in the 1st wave with JB and the other top cyclists, there is a very high probability that the pace will be very brisk getting to Marion. I have a feeling this will put my bike fitness to the test. I'm considering going old school ... almost primal ... with no computers, GPS, HR, etc. Totally by feel. I think this will help me get to know my body a little better. I have no time goals as this will be my first time riding Mitchell. I just want to get to the top without suffering so bad that next week's training is jeopardized. Here's a picture of my road bike outfitted for the ride (12/27 cassette included!).


JT said...

Better you than me!!! I don't have the legs to climb that yet. What time do you go off? I might come see you hit the road.

Palmetto Solo said...

Awesome Nick - Good Luck with that. Completed the assault 4 or 5 times and no matter you will suffer. Besides I thought that is the purpose.

BTW - on the going primal w/ technology, a piece of tape over the computer face works great. Because you know it will eat at you to know the numbers.

wv: jun diti