|Rolling through an aspen grove|
Hello from Park City, Utah. Sam and I drove here on Sunday; it was an uneventful fifteen hour slog.
Yesterday I started my acclimatization. After a ten mile warm-up around town with Sam I headed up to the Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) armed with a sweet mountaintrails.org map. I found a nice wooded switch-backy trail called Spiro and followed that to Powerline past Comstock Mine and up to Shadow Lake. All said and done I did 3500’ of climbing.
I felt strong on the uphill and I was consciously taking it easy, but my heart rate was off the charts – I topped out at 200 BPM. In Seattle, at sea level, I’d be hard pressed to approach 170 BPM, that’s full on heart attack off the front of a crit numbers. A heart rate of two bills, I’ve never seen that before. I only went a little over 30 miles and even though I was taking it slow I really felt the effort last night. Today I have to back way off, just an easy cruise for me.
The trails here are so easy and so accessible. I am definitely jealous. There is well over a hundred miles of sweet cross country riding right here from my friend’s front door.
My two concerns for Leadville are the altitude and my sore butt. I haven’t had a problem with a sore backside for like thirty years but now my ass is really bruised and tender. Stuff like that makes for a long day. I put a longer stem on my bike last night in hopes of bringing me further forward on the saddle. We’ll see how that works today.