Bjammin sent out an invite for a “long day in the saddle” as a training ride for this years Counting Coup. Alib and I were quick to respond to the challenge as we had never done a big ride like this before. Boy were we in for a treat! Here is the exact route that we did: http://www.geoladders.com/show_route.php?route=392
Alib and I left the Southbay at 4:30AM to meet up with Bjammin in OC with wheels rolling by 8:30AM. Starting temps were surprisingly not that cold as anticipated.
The climb up Blackstar started gradually.
Bjammin having fun on the climb.
We started somewhere down there.
1st break. Time to bring out the Hammer nutrition.
I swear this route is geographically challenge 85% Uphill 15% Downhill.
Little bit of ice at the top.
Nope, we are not at the top yet.
At last Motorway trail, time to cash in all that climbing.
Bjammin and Alib on the singletrack.
After the sweet singletrack descent we decided to take a lunch break and we would soon get know who Bjammin really is. He professed all his favorite tv shows(I will not name it) lol and demonstrate some of his yoga moves.
Soon after lunch we still have about 18 miles to go and guess what? More climbing!
And more yoga moves.
The second time around Motorway I would have a slight operator error on my clipless pedals.
In summary, this ride really tested me physically and more so mentally. There were so many times my mind would tell me to give up and i just had to keep going. I was mentally demoralized a few times. Bjammin would have a moment similar to this and offered a bailout option towards the end of Maple springs but Alib would not have any of that. We are really glad we went ahead and completed the ride as we all got a good sense of accomplishment towards the end.
Thanks Ben for an awesome and painful day I think you'll kick ass on the race
By the way guys, Hammer Nutrition made all this possible for me. No cramping and no bonking out.
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