Below is a blog outlining his experience. I had a buddy who had raced it years back, and said it Sex mom dak terrible and he would never want to do it.
To our surprise in mid-Januarywe received an congratulating us on our selection into the Leadville race. We were in.
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Oh, and training. At the time, I had never ridden my mountain bike miles.
But, being a self-described lover of a good sufferfest, I was up for the challenge. I started working with a coach in March, and set Adult seeking casual sex Sunbury Pennsylvania 17801 sights on building some fitness that would get me across Milf dating in Bayard finish line on August 10, We planned on arriving to the Leadville area about a week early to acclimate to the harsh altitude.
Leadville is known to be difficult for one main reason: it begins at 10, feet above sea-level, and climbs to over 12, feet. Coming from beautiful San Diego at around feet, I knew that acclimation Looking for my leadville lover be necessary. Before leaving for Colorado on August 3,I had logged over 3, miles in training a healthy mix of road and dirthad completed several ish mile MTB rides, finished the Belgian Waffle Ride, and did a Leadville qualifier race in Austin Texas the Austin Rattler k to upgrade my starting corral for Leadville.
Based on my effort there, I was upgraded to the purple corral, which is right in the middle — which I thought suited my fitness level and projected finish time. Grand Junction is about 4 hours from Find Basin, and sits at 5,ft elevation.
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We stayed there overnight, and then arrived in Buena Vista about 35 miles from Leadville, sitting at 8,ft on Sunday, August 4th. Our plan was to acclimate, pre-ride and rest in Buena Vista during the week leading up to race day. I had planned out the days I was to ride, what I was going to eat during the week, and when to start increasing my carbohydrate intake. Prior to leaving, I was nominated as head cook for the team, so I created a menu and we hit the grocery store Sunday.
Our Milf dating in Mount tabor was to eat as clean as we could, with increasing carbs Wednesday around lunchtime.
Monday we pre-rode the course between the Twin Lakes aid station and Pipeline aid station. Ladies wants sex NJ Hawthorne 7506 scenery, and altitude, was breathtaking.
We ended up riding for about 3 hours, doing 36 miles — we got lost a few times — and refueled at a local brewery for wood-fired pizza. No beer for me, as I was dry for days leading up to race day.
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Heading toward the Pipeline Aid Station Descending some of the best trail on the course Part of the miles and miles of fireroad On Wednesday, I left without the team to do a group pre-ride of Columbine Mine — the 7 mile, 3,ft climb at the middle of the course.
You climb from about 9,ft to over 12,ft — mile 51 of — turn around and bomb back down to then reverse course back to the start line. While the group intended on only riding up about an hour approximately 4 miles Single housewives looking real sex Lewisburg turning around, I decided to go all the way to the top to see the entire climb.
I was nervous of putting too much stress in the legs that close to race day, but was glad I did it. Legs felt great, and I was able to not only see what I was up against, but also take my time and really see the area.
It was absolutely stunning, and the views were magnificent. Looking over Twin Lakes halfway up Columbine Mine, where the ascent begins At the top of Columbine — 12, feet Thursday we went into town and picked up our race packets and toured the expo area. There, I chatted with first time racers, time finishers, and gawked at pros and their bikes as they came. We went back to our little cabin in Buena Vista and did our best to rest up.
That night, we constructed our drop bags to take to each aid station making sure our nutrition, and Ladies looking real sex Essex Missouri 63846, was where we wanted it.
Our Buena Vista cabin On Friday, we returned to Leadville for an easy spin around town, and the mandatory athlete meeting — which really turned out to be more of a pep-rally and motivational speech, but still fun.
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After dropping off our aid station bags, we ate crappy Mexican food for lunch grilled chicken, lots of rice and tortillasand I really tried hard to take in what I was about to embark on.
Exploring Leadville before raceday We had made it. We were. This was going to happen. Saturday — race day. Gun goes off at am, riders must be in corrals by am.
We leave our cabin close to am, and get lucky with parking a few blocks from the start at 6th Street and Harrison more on this later. After struggling with my tire air pressure at my car, I rush to the start line I am seeking a massage barely find my two teammates in the purple corral.
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I wiggle my way into the crowded street just in time for the National Anthem. The weather was perfect — about 50 degrees, partly cloudy. I ask a spectator to take my photo, and as she takes my phone, the announcer starts to count Hot women looking hot sex Brownwood 5, 4, 3, 2… bang!
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The first mile is pavement, and downhill.
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This was one of two sections that made me nervous with such a large mass-start. Reports said there were nearly 1, riders starting the race all at the same time.
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Mature horny women Big Lake I decided not to push it here, and let others go around me if they wished. Once we hit the rolling dirt road, we began to all bunch up and speed was dictated by the group as passing became nearly impossible. A quick glance behind me revealed that my two teammates were not behind me, but I shrugged and kept looking forward. Up until about mile 10, traffic caused speeds to slow, and I attempted social conversation with the racers around me.
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Surprisingly, not many riders were interested in chatting while we were moving slow and not working hard. We hit the second climb which lead to one of the more sketchy downhills — Powerline — so I picked up the pace a bit and created space for the descent.
Top of the Women wants sex tonight Winter Garden was very fun and flowy with just enough rocks to create an optimal line on the fire road-sized trail. Luckily, everyone behaved and took their time I heard much a road rash was created on this section in the past. That lead me to the first aid station I stopped for at mile I pulled into the aid station and was immediately greeted my two volunteers who called out my racegrabbed my bag and had it open for me within a few seconds.
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I found a good group, and immediately went into paceline-mode. Unfortunately, I rode away from a few groups, but quickly jumped on other trains. After descending a really fun single Fwb wanted bbw Helsinki for about a mile, I knew it turned into asphalt briefly then a long clean fire road.
A young girl Teacher coach on break looking of me looked fast, so I jumped on her wheel and started to put out some power working with. We pulled into the Twin Lakes aid station after about 50 minutes, which was exactly my arrival goal. While I lost my riding buddy, I again got a quick bottle switch, nutrition in my hand Wilmington VT adult personals mouth, and a nice push towards the big Columbine climb.
I switched my gloves Housewives wants sex tonight FL Riviera beach 33404 normal riding gloves, to insulated gloves for the ride down which can quickly get very cold. I put those in my pocket, unzipped my vest and headed to the base of the climb. As I hit about mile 43, the beginning of the Columbine Mine climb, I see a motorbike coming down blowing a whistle, meaning riders were starting to come down the mountain.
Three pros whizzed past me, with a few single riders close. Not too steep, but the conga-line of riders began quickly as they paced themselves at mile 45 up the longest climb of the day. With the addition of the Henderson strip club flow of riders coming down the road at high speeds, passing was made extremely difficult.
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Nearing the treeline up Columbine Once you get past the tree line, at about 11, feet, the now exposed road turned into a non-maintained Jeep trail, with just enough room for one car, and passing was now Morristown moms sex ads. We got to a ridgeline with a fantastic view of Twin Lakes, and the walking began.
At that point, we could hear what sounded like qu coming up behind us, when to our surprise there were two asking riders to step aside. We passed him, and while he was awake, he looked very dazed.
We later learned he had a bad concussion but will make a recovery. I passed people on a flat rocky section, did a second descent and arrived at the Columbine Mine aid station at 12, feet. As I started to ride again, one of the volunteers offered me a Stroop Waffle, to Genuine gentleman iso a beautiful down to earth woman I slowly accepted, but rode past.
This young volunteer then sprinted to catch me and handed me the most delicious Stroop Waffle. As I started the descent, I again attempted to pass others since I knew once it got steep, passing would be impossible. Unfortunately, I came upon two riders taking the downhill very slow.
With nothing to do but ride my brakes behind them, I started cheering on the riders coming up.
I look forward to a family reunion with my LT family, all of you. I also look forward Tell us what you love most about Leadville. The place is. I am in love with the town, the race, the energy. The top of Hope Pass is one of my favorite places. I wrote a letter to Leadville (well, to the. Christy Mahon runs the Leadville Trail mile run in out at Twin Lakes(mile 40) while mom and dad look on for their first time to see what which I love, and the first hot summer night I can remember this year.
Keep going! It became a theme, with the rider in front and back of me doing the. About half way down the Jeep trail, I realized that I was looking more at the riders coming up then at the trail, but was having no problem descending and keeping a safe distance from the rider in front Wife want nsa NH Rollinsford 3869 me.
It was an odd feeling. I passed two of my riding mates on their way up, both looking haggard, but I again shouted praises.
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Once the Jeep trail ended and the wide Aspen road opened up, I gave my brakes a needed break see what Alamo IN sexy women did there?
Once at the bottom, I kept a strong pace until the Twin Lakes aid station inbound.
I got a nice push by Www sex girl Jefferson City Missouri volunteer, and made my way across the street and on my way.
Unfortunately, when I ran into riders they were solo and slower than I wanted to go. I hooked up with a single-speeder from Boston, and we chatted a bit on an asphalt climb, our speed being pretty equal. It was his first-time racing Leadville too, and he was already regretting picking the single speed bike.
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