Back at it.

First real ride of the year. Couldn’t quite get the same distance I was at the end of the season last year.  Picking up 10lbs (or so) doesn’t help…

GPSies - South Park half loop - 05/14/2011 (Duration: 02:05:31)See and download the entire track to your GPS


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Pennsylvania Large Fauna — South Park 8/16/10

Not too often I’ll come across interesting beasts in the woods.  A hawk, some squirrels, a fat couple humping (it’s true)…  Thankfully all it was this time was a semi-disinterested deer.  I rolled to a stop about 5 feet away from him.  He’s a big 8 point, with antlers still velvet. He had stalked another 2 feet away before I was able to get the camera out, then he showed me his butt.  Thanks a million.

1930 Calories — 8.5 miles — 0 OTB



GPSies - South Park three quarter loop -- 08/16/2010Download the full track here.

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I'm just here to read the meter!

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Here is my butt.


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South Park Full Loop (improved) – 8/14/2010

Second time attempting this loop and this time I added in the super technical section at the end instead of avoiding it this time.  Every time I ride this section, something on the bike breaks, and this wasn’t any exception.

Last time I attempted this loop, about 7 miles in I hit a wall so hard I had to curl into the fetal position for about 20 minutes.  This time, I did the whole loop strong, only taking a single break at about the mid-point.

Last time I road the Rockhopper,  I managed to shear the rear derailleur and hanger off the back of the bike using a trail the runs along the top of a wall.  When you slip into a spillway, well bad things are bound to happen.  I haven’t used that trail since, but I’ve been missing out because it’s a ridiculously fun little ride.  Some pictures of it are below.

This loop has about 1000′ of climbing.

10.5 miles — 2730 calories — 1 OTB



GPSies - 08/14/2010 South Park Full Loop (improved)Click to see full track

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This trail will swallow your soul.

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Looks harmless, right?


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High average MPH on a mountain bike?

I hear my mountain bike friends bragging about having maintained an average speed on their rides of 20+ mph.  I’ve never approached that.  If I break 10mph average on a singletrack ride, I consider that a success.  I attributed it to the hilly terrain around me.

So decided to see exactly what I could pull off, speed wise.

I only had about a half hour to an hour for a ride, so for “fun” I decided to stick to the mostly level roads in South Park on Corrigan Drive, and see exactly what I could pull off.  I kept it primarily on the highest chain rings, and went as hard as I could muster for a half hour solid.  I stopped only at a single intersection, and accelerated back up to speed as quickly as I could.

Best I could do?  Overall average of 15 MPH.  Moving average was slightly higher, 15.7.  So how do people maintain an average MPH over 20 on a mountain bike?  I cannot believe that there is that much variance in how mountain bikes are geared to make a difference of 10 MPH on average.

Not that I care, I do this for fun and to me fun is a heavy climb followed by bombing hard through the woods on a slick backwoods trail.  Not monitoring my BPM up and down Corrigan.  I do it primarily for the fun factor.

Also interesting to note, based upon the heart rate monitor, this method was an extremely inefficient workout compared to my typical hilly rides.  I never even approached my max heart rate (~190bpm), and I felt like I could have done another 10 or miles of this pretty easily.  I wonder exactly how efficient my steep 10 mile loop is compared to say an average flat 5k run..  I bet it’s harder core.

8.75 miles, 900 calories, 0 OTB, 0 fun had


GPSies - 08/11/2010 South Park Road WorkClick to see the whole boring track


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