Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sunday Ride

Nearly four hours of playing in the dirt today, a great way to get ready for the planned endurance races this summer. We started out in Morrison, hit up Mt Falcon, Lair of the Bear, rode the road across Grapevine to Lookout, down Enchanted Forest, up Sluice box and home via Red Rocks. All told we think it was a little less than 40 miles of riding, but who knows because nobody riding had a computer. Today was all about putting in the big time and miles, but not worrying about how much. No need to brag about the distance and vertical, the true proof of the ride is the fact I’ve been dragging ass since.
We contemplated adding in part of Green Mountain, but with the near 80 degree weather the trails kept getting more and more packed. Coming out of Apex it was stop and go traffic, a normal 3-5 minute ride down to the parking area took nearly 10 minutes because of all the other riders and hikers. Green Mountain would have been far too painful at Noon with literally 100’s of people to fight through.
No pictures, nothing fun like that, just hard miles and a tired body. In a couple weeks we’ll be doing another long course Front Range ride, adding in at least one more area of trails and pushing the mileage above 50. If anybody has the perfect Front Range loop (no duplicate trails, no back tracking which essentially leaves White Ranch out) let me know. I’m trying to figure out how to add in three sisters to make the day really hard, I just don’t know how it would work. Lair of the Bear up to Three Sisters would be a lot of road miles and getting down is the real creative part. There has got to be a trail, I just don’t know where or what it is.

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