Yesterday was one of those days that was just about perfect. Erinna and I both got out on the bikes (I say almost perfect because we did not ride together) and Zoe and Sophiedog both got into the woods, too. We all drove up to Buck Springs and Erinna was on her bike by 10:30am for the second half of the Pisgah Monster Cross Challenge course.
1206 was slow going. I had to conserve until the calories were absorbed. I stopped often to take photos and to hang my head low but got going super fast during the descents. I was literally thinking about the Monster and the warnings I had to give the racers about traffic when I had a very scary WAKE THE FUCK UP moment. Absolutely hauling ass through an outside turn and a SUV was suddenly right. there. Full brakes applied I went into a classic Nac Nac skid and avoided becoming a hood ornament by about 18". Holy hell.
I decided it was time to take a few photos of the pretty flowers.
Why were my legs so tired and I was so close to full-tilt bonk? It may have had something to do with the two hours of riding I did the night before. I got out just before 9pm for a little urban gravel. My mind was into it but my body was suffering for the warm-up so I stopped a number of times from Westville to downtown.
I stopped to watch this crew do their thing (Classic Motown meets HipHop) when RND showed up and laid heavy news on me.
The highlight of that ride was trying to beat my KOM Strava time for the one segment that I have created: From the top of the Town Mountain climb, down to the parking lot at Webb, down Webb, and all the way to Beaverdam. This time around I had no cars in my way, I maintained momentum through the turns, and peddled through the burn all the way to Beaverdam. Unfortunately the GPS was malfunctioning so all I have is the memory of that descent, no hard data. I didn't know that at the time so with a big smile knowing I had a new record I peddled out to Merrimon then back to Westville. I stopped along the way to take a few photos of the murals that are popping up all around town and made it back home in just over 2 hours with all my stops. Not bad.