Friday, March 20, 2009

1-0-0 . 1

the day before a big ride, especially early in the season, is always exciting. after a winter of indoor trainer and studded tire, freeze-my-feet off rides followed by a few wks of mild temps (and longer spins), the fitness seems to be returning. constant soreness is a good indicator that i'm doing all i can (or that i'm getting old and not stretching). that aside, it's time to turn up the volume, it's time to get this party started w/a solid century. tomorrow's route is a favorite, the 100.1m backroad trek from waitsfield, vt to campton, nh. 3 big ass climbs to get out of vermont, then tired legs pushing hard across 50-60m of rolling terrain. early morning temps barely above 10 certainly aren't optimal, but at least the dirt gaps will be nice and hard vs a soft mucky mess - and by the time it warms above freezing i should be crossing onto the smooth roads of NH... i love the day-before feeling before a big ride - on a day you know will be sunny and bright - on a route you love - for the first time (or anytime) of the year... the season is on!


At 3/21/2009 9:03 PM, Blogger Laps said...

I do that ride backwards, from Tilton to Williston. I always thought going from VT to NH would be like going downhill!

At 3/22/2009 9:42 AM, Blogger jeff said...

definitely. the last 25m or so are flowing downhill, it's a great way to finish the ride off after the big climbs going across the spines of the VT mtns. in vt, there are 4 big ones on my route, roxbury gap, up and over 64 to williamstown, chelsea gap, then over to west fairlee. then one more big climb on 25A in NH before heading down towards plymouth through rumney on 118/25.

what route do you take?

At 3/22/2009 11:15 AM, Blogger Big Bikes said...

You should bring the party down here for a North Shore Epic sometime soon.

Did you actually get out for 100 VT miles? With the conversion from VT miles to Mass miles I would have to ride about 300 to get the same effect.

I better get started.


At 3/26/2009 12:52 PM, Blogger Laps said...

I head up rte 132 from Tilton to Plymouth, then up by rumney (dirt road and very moderate climb) to 25(between lake tarleton and another lake after a good climb) to route 62, to 302 to 2. From Montpelier it is straight up 2 to my door. The VT/NH border is a perfect place to "stop and chomp."


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