Earlier this summer, I wanted to get faster, but keep it fun. So, I decided to add one short, hard, mountain bike ride a week. Just one. I chose a technically easy, single track climb up M-Hill that I had not timed in the past and set out to ride it as fast as I could, regardless of the conditions or how I felt, on the same day each week. I ride it during the heat of late afternoon on my bike ride home, after a full day of work at a physically and mentally demanding job.
The first attempt I barely made it without stopping, deeply gasping after several steeper pitches. But I timed it anyhow, because I wanted a bench mark. Every ride since has been a little faster, and I believe that can continue for some time. I like this path and look forward to where it could go.
|Not yet on top, but getting there.|
There are so many excuses lying in ambush. I'm tired. It's hot. I'll ride later when it's cooler. I'll ride tomorrow. I'll be so slow it won't be worth it. Even when I get to the park, the back up excuses start in. Don't time this one. You don't have it today. Just take a different route. You can ride hard without going to the top. These are hard to ignore. They only go away when I start the clock and start pedaling. So, that's what I do.
|Which way do I go? Lots of choices on the descent.|
|Atop M-Hill, the view east reveals downtown Rapid City and the prairie beyond.|