Am I going to be that guy who starts blogging about his strava adventures? Maybe, especially since that is what I was up to most of the last week. So, the week (in stava terms) played out like this:
Monday: 1.5hrs of easy hill repeats at 2812ft of climbing. eight cat 4 climbs.
Tuesday: ~4hrs of heavy rolling terrain at 3780ft of climbing. four cat 4 climbs.
Wednesday: 3.25hrs of mountain biking with repeats at 3094ft of climbing. three cat 4 climbs.
Thursday: 3.25hrs of easy repeats then group riding at 4351ft of climbing. four cat 4 climbs.
Friday: 2hrs of easy hill repeats + commute at 4284ft of climbing. eight cat 4 climbs.
Saturday: ~3.2hrs of mountain biking with repeats 4101ft of climbing. three cat 4 climbs.
Sunday: 1.75hrs of mountain biking including tt at 636ft of climbing. no categorized climbs.
This week ended up being my 3rd highest week of climbing in history coming in at 23,508ft. The first place week doesn't really count as we were in the high mountains and riding a bunch with 30,318ft. The second place week was the last week of the previous strava climbing challenge where I just rode hill repeats everyday after school. 24,567ft is about the maximum amount of climbing you can get in a 16.5hr week. At least in the all too flat Northeast Ohio.
Anyway, I finished the climbing challenge in the top 1,000 of about 9,400 persons so I guess not too bad. I was tempted to go "all out" and just ride every chance I got last week but being days 3-10 of a phat 21/22/23 day final cyclocross training block, it didn't make much sense to kill myself. I like competing in the Strava challenges to complete them, but having my life center around them to win them may not help my racing or life in general. Maybe next time though, haha.
My dad convinced me to race the 331 Thorn Trail Time Trial on Sunday at Findley State Park. I would have went for a nice, long ride but my dad stays I need to stay social and not just do hilly "strava related" rides by myself all the time.
Surprisingly enough, my legs felt pretty good after our easy 1hr pre-ride lap. My legs took a full hour to warmup which is a sign of being tired, but, be-it a ~45 minute individual race in the woods I figured I could fake this thing all the way. I guessed wrong.
I don't know if my good legs led to extra bad bike handling but I was overshooting turns and going into trees left and right. It would be too tight to open up the gas but I couldn't help myself from cracking accelerations into trees. I stayed on the gas and literally in the trees all the way though to a finish time of 43:11. My usual mountain biking nemesis Jason finished in something insanely fast like 38:29. Gran-it, he did have a go fast FS 29r and course knowlege on his side, but come on! I must really suck at turning! It did relieve to see Jason not only crushed me along with the rest of the U18 Experts, he beat everyone. Like everyone there, like (name drop) Steve Twining and Chip Meek there.