Sunday, October 17, 2010

Growlers Gulch Hill Climbing Championship

Well I really didn't think I was even remotely able to participate in anything labeled "climbing championship". Not only am I not in very great shape right now but I have a love/hate relationship with gravity. See I am a pretty good descender but I would call my climbing ability "surviving". I really wanted to participate in the Super D last month but a pesky case of poison oak which turned into a staph infection knocked me out of that. Jeep kept pestering me to participate so I caved in thinking I would easily finish dead last. Read my post from last week, I couldn't climb crap!

But somehow, despite a lack of fitness, I was able to hold my own yesterday. Good thing technical skill was as important as fitness on these climbs. I was able to "mask" my lack of fitness with a few smooth lines and actually ride some of the hills quite well. As soon as the results are posted I will show them here, along with the video that I'm sure Jeep will produce.

Final Results...16th out of 36 riders

Monday, October 11, 2010

Slow with lots of rest breaks

OK, I'm admittedly out of shape right now. The slew of health issues has dragged me down both physically and mentally. So hitting the trails this weekend was more of an exercise in determination than fun. It's been many years since I could be described as a good climber, but right now any incline is tough. I had to simply ride slowly, take some breaks, and then ride some more. I just have to start hitting the gym more often and suffer some before I can tackle the hills again.

On another note, my riding partner of four years might have to retire. I'm talking about my setter/lab mix named Evie. She's about 6 or 7 years old (we got her from the shelter as an adult) and seems to be suffering from arthritis in her left rear leg. It first showed up last year and has been steadily getting worse. I'm going to start her on some Glucosamine/Condroiton and see if it helps. I hope she can be back on the trails soon, she will not be happy if she can't go riding with me.