Hoosier Pass

I didn’t make it all the way to Alma, as was my original plan today because as soon as I began my ride, my goal changed to “make it to the top”.  I did get to the top of Hoosier pass and from Breckenridge, gained 2,000 feet in elevation, mostly in the last 4 miles of switchbacks.  I tried to enjoy the views along the way and a couple of times highway 9 was even peacefully silent, void of SUVs and big trucks.  I also reminisced about the few other times I’d been on the same road.

1. A mutual friend hooked me up with a young, almost pro triathlete to do a “training ride”.  He’d been at altitude for 3 weeks already and it was my second morning in Breck.  I made it to the top and I attributed it then to sheer good luck and the beer & burger I’d eaten the night before.

2. A week after the first attempt, I rode it again myself.  It felt just as difficult as the first time and the ride back down was slower because I didn’t have anyone to draft off of.

3. Another friend took me along Hwy 9 on mountain bikes, which was way harder, just to get to the start of our trail.  We rode up a fire road off the highway one day and did a single track trail, which was part of the Colorado trail another day.  I had almost no experience mountain biking and the fire road day was one of only two times I’ve cried out of frustration on a bike.  Nonetheless, I have memories of loving the challenge.

The Workout:

22 miles, 2,000 feet elevation gain.  The entire way there was uphill, which left me with a quick, fun descent.  On the way up, I focused on lifting my knees to “pull” and use hamstrings instead of attempting only to muscle my way up the mountain.  The highway was crowded with cars so on the descent I made a point of taking up the whole lane on the switchbacks so nobody would try to pass me.

Nikken Wellness:

my nutritional cocktail of greenzymes, immunity and omegas

bungee swimming and a metronome

So, the metronome doesn’t exactly have anything to do with working out except my arms are sore from practicing today.  I don’t know why I think I can just plow through a three hour day out of nowhere.  I would never dream of running for three hours without building up to it.  Back to the metronome…   I needed it to do some wood shedding on Dohnanyi but couldn’t find it.  Then I remember it had gone off on the train in the very early morning while everyone else in my car was still sleeping.  I was rummaging around in the top of my case looking for a pencil and it started beeping.  I subtly turned it off and hoped I didn’t wake too many people around me.  Oops!

The practicing came after the “swimming” today.  I did more bungee swimming, like I’d done with Mom in Hawaii, only this time I didn’t have the high tech device to strap around my waist and attach to the ladder.  This time I had my blue resistance band, given to me by my PT so long ago and completely forgotten about.  Forgotten about, that is, until I was packing for my trip and thought it might work as a swimming bungee.  I tied one end to the ladder and the other around my ankle than swam for 20 minutes- and got nowhere.  It felt good but for the goal oriented, like myself, I find it difficult to not have an end distance.  Certainly better than nothing!

After my practice and a relaxing afternoon near the river, I hopped on my bike to see how my legs felt before I thought more about attempting Hoosier pass tomorrow.  (Anybody want to join my one-woman Team Diva??)  They felt tired but I did a leisurely ride on the bike path as the sun was  making gorgeous colors against the clouds.  Then I stopped by Clint’s and treated myself to a waffle cone with s’mores icecream.  It’s a brilliant flavor and I thoroughly enjoyed it while I listened to the beginning of an NRO concert.  It brought back fun memories of my summer playing with them… 10 years ago.  Wow!

The workout:

20 min swim, it’s not easy kicking when your ankle is attached to an exercise band that keeps coming untied!

10 mile easy bike, the way out is slightly down and the way back slightly uphill- good training to have to push a little at the end

Nikken wellness:

jade greenzymes before my swim

mushroom immunity to support the body’s natural defenses and extra altitude care

omega green for cardiovascular health

magnetic sports bracelet for tired wrists on the bike