two to go ...
Second (in ascending order of difficulty) of the four Salt Lake Valley canyon climbs. It has some steep spots, steeper than Emigration for sure, but relenting and forgiving in other sections. If we continue the hit parade with Big Cottonwood and the diabolical Little Cottonwood canyons, well forget about relenting. Maybe we'll table the mountain climbing for now and work on some open road endurance for a few weeks.
Here are the numbers, if you care to crunch them:
Basically the same ride as the Rockwell Relay Training ride a month earlier:
We just added 15 miles on the return trip and about 500 more feet of climb. We were gone the same 5 1/2 hours though, if that makes Swedish Wife feel any better about it.
Later in the afternoon Rodzilla will invite me back out to do Suncrest with him which makes me chuckle ruefully and respond: "Can't, I'm cooked." and mean it genuinely. We're getting in some really good training rides and La Canadienne continues to impress me with her strength and stamina, to the point that more than one person has mentioned that in the event that the Legend of Ivan* remains just that, she can step in as the fourth rider on the Relay. Probably true, but as I've pointed out as often as it's brought up, it's a man trip. So unless she picks up a Y chromosome and ditches an X on her next training ride, it's not happening. Who knows though, maybe if we love the Relay we'll all do it again next year. A men's team and a ladies' team perhaps?
(im)deebers ... she's La Canadienne