Rode Fremont Older again tonight. I went alone this time, so I got to do the entire ride without stopping. Did the usual Seven Springs loop, the four peaks, and Toyon, then went back to do Sevens Springs in the reverse direction. I figured this would put me at around 10 miles, but that extra loop wasn’t as long as I thought, and I finished the ride at 8.9 miles. Total time: 1 hour and 20 minutes, with 1719 feet of climbing. For some reason those numbers seem low to me, but today’s ride was actually farther and higher than I’ve ever ridden on the mountain bike in that amount of time. While I didn’t seem to think much of the ride, my legs certainly felt it, and despite chugging some post-ride milk, I felt so tired I thought I was sick until I ate dinner.
The HR numbers weren’t bad. I broke 190 only once, and for only half a minute during the steepest part of the longest climb of the ride. It’s pretty cool to be able to ride now without having to stop, and without my heart beating so hard that I feel like my head is going to explode.
Maybe next time I’ll ride Toyon going the other direction. The only time I’ve tried it was over a year ago, and it hurt so bad (or, more likely, I sucked so bad) I thought I was going to die. I’ve avoided riding it that way ever since.
I just admitted to myself that I’m avoiding it. That means I should ride it. Next time it is!