55 Mile Sufferfest

20 Apr

I would consider myself a pretty strong cyclist. Definitely my strength in a triathlon. Today was not a good day. I am not exactly certain at what happened. Multiple things maybe?

1-I do not think I ate enough the last couple days with the hard work outs I did.
2-It was cold. It did not rain though! Score!
3-My back was killing me. It used to hurt a lot. I started taking Pilates and strengthening it. I got multiple bike fits! I did have a hard week at work and sometimes that affects my back!
4-I do not think it was my nutrition. That was about the same as usual!
5-It was a hard ride in general!

Our Ride was called “The 4 Bitches”. That should tell you this was not going to be an easy route!
We were going up and down 4 of the hard climbs(aka bitches) from the dirty 30(Hwy 30) up to Skyline.

We started out on the dirty 30. I should have known when Z-Dog asked if I was feeling strong and I said “ahhh I guess” that should have been my first clue this was not going to be a good day! 😦 I typically ride in the lead pack but I was quickly passed by I think everyone! That was fine. I did not want to go out too hard! Someone got a flat and a bunch of people waited with her. I caught up to the lead pack and headed off with them. We re-grouped at the bottom and top of each climb. I was the last each time! 😦

Remember when I went up Rocky Point a couple of weeks ago. I did not get any pictures. Well today I stopped! More for a break then to get a picture!! 🙂
Look at those CLOUDS!! It was a way nicer day the last time!


After I got up Newberry, Logies, and Rocky Point I had no desire to:
1-Descend Logies because there are super steep hairpin turns
2-Ascend MacNamme because I did not want to do another hard climb (which if you look at the elevation it is not as bad as the others) I have never been up it and today was the first time I went down it.
3-Descend Newberry because when we were Ascending it, there was gravel all over the road. 2 miles of it. I already do not like descending big climbs so that did not seem like a good idea.

I really wanted to just do some rollers which is what Skyline is instead of another climb. I made the executive decision in just riding down Skyline and descending Thompson. I told the group when I arrived last at the top of Logies that I would be fine on my own! 🙂

Here is what I really did:
Not a huge difference so I will take it!

I finally got home! SLOOOOWWWW!!!!

I am not even going to tell you my average. It is so sad!

I did a transition run. I laced up my Hokas for the first time. I liked them. They are totally different but comfortable. They are ugly too.

I feel like whatever does not kill me is only going to make me stronger! Bring it on Wildflower. I should be done by this time in 2 weeks!!!

How was your work out today? Any fun plans for the weekend?

9 Responses to “55 Mile Sufferfest”

  1. Kristen L April 20, 2013 at 9:09 PM #

    Wow! That definitely looks like a tough ride! I’m just starting to do more hills on my rides. Way to push through the hard workout

  2. Sherrie Austin April 21, 2013 at 6:23 PM #

    May remind you that that was a killer route with some of the strongest cyclists we know?! You’ll be great @ Wildflowet!

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. discorunner April 22, 2013 at 4:33 PM #

    I had a really rough 55 miler as well yesterday, but after looking at your elevation chart I’m starting to feel like a whiner!

  4. Alana April 22, 2013 at 9:24 PM #

    Dude Leslie, that is a hard core ride!!! I miss riding out there. Well everything but the rain:) I am looking forward to hear more about your Hoka experience. I still want a pair:) And I know you will kick A$& at Wildflower!!!

    • Leslie @ TriathleteTreats April 22, 2013 at 10:37 PM #

      It was so tough! I ONLY want to do it again because I know I could really fight for it! 🙂 Not sure if I want to do it again this year…maybe or maybe I will just wait until I am training for IMLP!


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