What a cool ride...
Last night, by the light of the full moon (no headlamps of course), Susan and I joined some friends and rode the classic 14 mile 'coast fest' of perfect, smooth downhill road action between Sunset Crater National Monument and Wupatki National Monument, northeast of Flagstaff. That's right, 14 miles of easy going but amazingly consistent downhill! Pretty much coasting the entire length! To add to the fun, there were probably 100 other people that made the drive out there to coast their way through the desert by moonlight. Really cool.
The only regret I have from the evening is riding ahead of our group a bit and hiding, figuring I would catch right up to them after they passed and surprising them, as a fun joke. Well, I underestimated how fast people can coast when they are trying to catch me when thinking I was still ahead of them. They really went for it! By the time I got going again to catch the front group of Susan and Chris I must have put myself a good distance behind because with full on pedaling it still took me at least 5 miles to catch them and I was WORKED! Once we did all gather up again it was really fun just cruising along enjoying the smooth road, huge sky with a crazy amount of stars for a full moon night, super surreal desert landscape and each other's great company. Really novel experience. Gotta do that again sometime.
Here's a video for all those runners that like the steep stuff. Man, this video makes me want to get stronger on hills!
Leadville 100 Run
Only 5 weeks to Leadville and one more week to try and get stronger before tapering off... bring it! Finally starting to feel the excitement and fear of what lies ahead. This is the good stuff. Ready or not, I will be running the Leadville 100 mile run in 5 weeks.
Yesterday: 4 miles (work errands)
Today: 4.5 miles (on mesa with Susan)
Week Total: 50.5 and 6,000 feet of elevation gain (First week over 50 miles in a loooooong time and felt really good. Ready to put in a good effort this coming week...)