Here’s a brief overview of why my legs feel like mush…
Wednesday was going to be a rest day, but Scott (aka XD) contacted me and said he wanted to ride at lunch. So of course I said yes, and I rounded up Jeff P and Marcus to come along. Jeff P said the Baldy Green Trail was open, so that’s where we headed.
After a bit of climbing we got to the hill climb above that I have known for years as “Russel’s Revenge”. My friend Scott Russel got us to start climbing it, and we used to almost puke at the top. There would be guys rolling around on the ground gasping for air. It’s not quite as bad these days, but it’s still always a challenge. Right near the top when you’re almost out of gas, there is an off camber section followed directly by a whooped out gravelly section. You have to give it a little sprint to clear it, and it pretty much does you in. Scott Russel is moving back to town this month, and I plan to take him on this hill as soon as he gets his bike unpacked.
The Baldy Green Trail is in near perfect shape with only a couple snow crossings. This trail has some of the best views in the whole Ash Canyon trail system due to it’s elevation. We dropped down onto Deer Run, and there were just a couple of snow crossings there too. Jeff P warned us to go slow through the snow crossings. Scott, a bit curious, or perhaps just a tad temerarious, had to see for himself just how slippery they were, and tested the limits of tire traction while leaned over in a turn. It was a nice slow motion crash, almost a denial of succumbing to gravity. In the end gravity pulled Scott down, but he got up quickly and pressed on. We had a killer downhill run, and then one by one peeled off to our own destinations once back in the city.
Thursday will be rest day for sure….