Enjoyed the toughest bike ride of my life yesterday! I say “enjoyed” because the views were SO freaking gorgeous – I seriously felt like I was in a different country. Rolling green hills, steep cliffs, snow-capped mountains, red boulders, streams and waterfalls, and ALL sorts of wild life!
But back to the toughest ride…holy smokes my legsss!
I found out about this bike ride through the Rocky Mountain Tri Club. I recently joined and the club gets together each week for swim/bike/run run!
We parked the car on West Deer Creek Canyon Road where it intersects with South Wadsworth Blvd – great spot to park near Chatfield Reservoir! Took off on a 14 mile incline that had us ascending over 3,000 feet – oof! For a Minnesota gal who just moved to Colorado I’d say I was pleasantly surprised with how well my lungs did at that altitude but the legs were a different story. Since I’ve mostly been riding around Denver I really haven’t had much experience with hills (except for a few good ones in Boulder the previous weekend where I died as well ha).
Pushing your legs that hard for that long is eye opening. There were so many times where I just wanted to hop off my bike and walk or stretch – but I kept GOiiing!
Once you finally reach the top (deep breaths) it is the best feeling in the world! What is also pretty incredible is that someone or some group typically stocks up on water, Gatorade, and cookies and has these morsels waiting for you! What a thoughtful thing to do and really makes your day! I remember thinking “10 miles to cookies…5 miles to cookies…1 mile to – coooookies!” Ha the little things to keep you
After the intense 14 mile incline there are beautiful rolling hills and one last steep one mile incline (I almost walked ha) before finally reaching the best nine mile decline of your life! We were ZOOMING down the mountain! Seriously felt so freeing and incredible. Makes me wanna go back! Well worth the 40 mile journey to have that nice lil icing on the cake at the end. Weeee!
High Grade is no joke folks! You really don’t get much of a break or leg relief during the 14 mile journey uphill. But the scenery and people you meet along the way make it pretty darn incredible.
I think I deserve a rest day after yesterday – whatya think?
What adventures can I get in to next?! Open to Colorado suggestions – help a newbie out plllease! I may have to blog about it and give you props for the suggestion 😉