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[quote]soldog wrote:

HILL CLIMB KICK OFF - RACE 1
Saturday, June 14, 2008

COURSE DESCRIPTION
A 5.3 mile non-technical hill climb with a 2,062 foot elevation gain. The course starts at the base of the Winter Park Resort and climbs to the top of Mary Jane Ski Area following the mountain service road. At the finish at Lunch Rock you�??ll be rewarded with 360 degree views of the Continental Divide and Fraser Valley.

On your way back down, take a detour on our open singletrack trails to get a sample of races to come (check the information board at registration for an open trail report).

Technical Information
Distance 5.3 miles
Start Elevation: 9,080 feet
Highest Point: 11,142 feet
Total Climbing: 2,062 feet

Should be a blast![/quote]

Brutal. You’re a madman if you do it!

Get pictures.

Yes, Pictures!!! I only wish my lungs could hold out at that elevation. Having been born and raised in the swamp, I have developed gills and webbed feet. My last trip to the Rockies damn near killed me. No air or humidity!

I hope you do the race, and I am seriously developing goals beyond my weight loss goal.

This well suits you new avatar, friend soldog.

[quote]j_willy3 wrote:
This well suits you new avatar, friend soldog.[/quote]

Yoda - my hero, he is!

Hmmm… your goals, achieve you will Soldoggyda…

Yoda never make the bike climb with those short little legs. Do you get many “low landers” that try it. It must be a hell of a shock to their system. My hats off to you for even trying.

j_willy, evolution has made those from the swamps incredibly virle,good looking, great cooks, and above all modest. Great lungs would have been just too much.

[quote]hel320 wrote:
Yoda never make the bike climb with those short little legs. Do you get many “low landers” that try it. It must be a hell of a shock to their system. My hats off to you for even trying.
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Yoda would just use the force!

We get more low landers on the ski slopes ending up in the hospital with altitude sickness. Bike riding get 'em right away and they don’t get very far.

Been a day of active rest for me. I am feeling far too beat up and it snowed last night which put a damper on biking. Will try a trail tomorrow that absolutely kicked my butt last August when I had only been biking a month and hadn’t started lifting yet.

Let us know how the ride goes soldog. Glad y’all had snow, keep it all out there! I had to light off the gas log last night, it was down to 58 here.

[quote]j_willy3 wrote:
Let us know how the ride goes soldog. Glad y’all had snow, keep it all out there! I had to light off the gas log last night, it was down to 58 here.[/quote]

Shoot - it’s down right hot when it hits 58 out here. (at least when you are in the sun)

The snow mostly melted off by late afternoon and it was really only up high.

Polar Bears got into my garbage last night and the damn penguins attacked my dog… just kiddin’!

Sheesh… snow!? I’m a Canuck, and any excuse to throw my tuque on is good enough for me, but snow in May would bum me out.

[quote]bunny7568 wrote:
Polar Bears got into my garbage last night and the damn penguins attacked my dog… just kiddin’!

Sheesh… snow!? I’m a Canuck, and any excuse to throw my tuque on is good enough for me, but snow in May would bum me out.[/quote]

Here’s the snow still around from the winter on the north side of the house.

[quote]bunny7568 wrote:
Polar Bears got into my garbage last night and the damn penguins attacked my dog… just kiddin’!

Sheesh… snow!? I’m a Canuck, and any excuse to throw my tuque on is good enough for me, but snow in May would bum me out.[/quote]

and here is what is left in the middle of the driveway circle.

We and can get snow any month of the year. But it doesn’t stick around…

Got to do my ride today. This is the first real trail ride I ever attempted. It was last August with three other guys my age or older but all in way better shape. I had no idea what I was getting into but I wanted to start doing real rides.

Last year after the first 4 miles I was ready to call it a workout and quit, but of course I was out with my buddies and kept going. I think I fell 3 times and was always having to catch up when they waited.

Today the first 4 miles were a good warmup that worked some of the aches out of my quads. The trail was fun and still hard work but not an ass kicker like last year. Took me about 2 hours with probably 15 minutes of break time total.

Topo map of the route I took today. Slightly different than last year because I must have missed a turn somewhere.

Looks like a nice ride there soldog. But I’ll take this 18 knot wind, river splashing over the bulk head and sheets of rain than the snow. I’m still scarred from my years in the Appalachians here in NC.

THAT is a helluva cardio workout!

[quote]j_willy3 wrote:
Looks like a nice ride there soldog. But I’ll take this 18 knot wind, river splashing over the bulk head and sheets of rain than the snow. I’m still scarred from my years in the Appalachians here in NC.

THAT is a helluva cardio workout! [/quote]

Cardio, leg, butt, back & upper body - Mountain biking hits everything for me. Oh - by the way the forecast is for 1-3 inches of snow tomorrow night. Today it is sunny and 70 degrees…

That looks like some crazy biking with those elevation changes, Soldog! I envy you that mountain air, even in gasps.

So I just got back from the Dr’s office. No major rotator cuff tears or anything of that sort. Strength is good in all directions (of course this is a 5’2" lady doing the test). Probably bursitis, maybe tendonitis - start a round of anti-inflammatory meds and see the PT group for some help with exercises and evaluation. If this doesn’t help within a few months, she will send me to an orthopedic specialist.

All in all pretty much what I expected. We’ll see if the PT agrees with the rehab exercises I’ve been doing and what others they may suggest.

Excellent news that there’s no structural damage.

Fish oil in mass quantities and mobility protocol should do it. Check out ART (Active Release Technique) - you may have bound fascia in the shoulder. Sometimes that can fix a problem in one to three sessions.

[quote]skidmark wrote:
Excellent news that there’s no structural damage.

Fish oil in mass quantities and mobility protocol should do it. Check out ART (Active Release Technique) - you may have bound fascia in the shoulder. Sometimes that can fix a problem in one to three sessions.
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Thanks Skidmark!

I’ve been doing 6 caps of fish oil every morning for 6 months now. Is that considered massive? Or do I triple that amount? I have looked into ART practitioners in my area and did find one but have been hesitant since insurance won’t cover it. I’ll have to find out what it costs and think hard on it.

Think we should revive our old logs now they are back where they belong?