The Renegade ride rolls through some of South Staffords finest rolling hills. We headed out at 0900, the easy climb up Deacon had me worried. I knew Eskimo Hill climb to the dump would hurt, I decided to granny up it and try to find my legs. It had been a leg dead week. Between the work outs, I've had a lot of soreness. The workouts however, have felt strong. Right turn to Brooke. Dragon Back loomed large. I decided to NOT blow past on the downhill, pull to the base and explode. Intstead, I held Joe's wheel, and hit it hard at the base. 39x17 to start, grind out a bigger gear, sit down, grab an easier gear, heart beating in ears, 165 BPM (169 max), I'm red linin', click click, out of the saddle, there goes Gus, I hammer a bigger gear than normal, holding 50 meters back, not too bad for the big guy. Sit down, easier gear again, spin over the top. Damn, that's a steep pitch. over the rollers, hit the last incline, falling back, I begin to despise skinny climbers. Suck it up, roll by thier coffee break (as they waited for me). This ride is gonna hurt. gus recommends skipping the marina, whew, ok. I make a command decision, Sunday - Monday rest. Hit PE3s and 2x12 LTs fresh and hard.
Diet is getting healthier, down a couple lbs. 215 is goal, 225 is reachable in a month.