I recently started training for SORBA-RAMBO’s 4 Ways in a Day time trial at Big Creek. The 4 ways are XC (in both directions), Downhill, Slalom, and a brand new 750’ long climb with an average slope of 14% called “El Scorcho”that’s nestled in the heart of the freeride section. Today I was able to ride the downhill, slalom, El Schorcho, and the XC trail in the clockwise direction. I rode for an hour and a half with about 50 minutes at what I consider to be “race pace” after the dismal winter we’ve been having. The XC tried to kick my butt and I need to knock off 5 minutes off the time I recorded today to be competitive in the race. But the special thing is there’s a King of Big Creek division for anyone who does all 4 ways. Last year there were only sixteen people who competed in the King category, so I’m hoping to put the hurt on some people with my 14 year-old GT. I just hope I don’t break my bike before the end of the month so that I can knock one of my 2010 goals off my list early in the year.
On a whim I decided to wear my heart rate monitor and I was averaging 174 BPM. I know I need to get this number way down for my regular rides, even with the race pace riding I was doing. But the big surprise when I got done riding was my max HR of 245! I must be Superman, because that would have killed mere mortals.