The Leadville 100 race is about 4 weeks away. It's starting to get into my head.
Check out this clip on youtube of the start. 1,000 cyclists all working for position before the road turns to dirt and gets narrow. It's by far the sketchiest start I've ever been in and the most stressful part of the race.
On Saturday a few of us (Dug, Elden, Sam, Lisa and Ann) went for a training ride up and over the Nebo Loop. We met at Racer's in Provo at 5:30am. Riding from Provo made the total distance about 100 miles and I'm guessing about 7,000 ft of vertical (I don't ride with a bike computer and end up getting most of my stats from other riders but I think this is pretty accurate).
We got an early start which helped keep things cool for the big climb.
The group was a good size and we were able to keep a steady pace for the entire ride.
We stopped in Nephi for some lunch at Wendy's. I ordered a 44oz Diet Coke, a chocolate frosty, and a Jr. Cheeseburger. It was just enough food to get me through the last 40 miles back to Provo.
I like road biking for the simple fact that you can throw a debit card or a little cash in your jersey and pick up food and drink along the way.
I need a couple more big rides like this to make sure my legs can go the distance for Leadville.