Like I said, for the gravity challenged this hurts, 1,198 feet!
Before I got to this climb I did take some pictures which are just beautiful, I used my new Blackberry 9650 that I got from work.
|View along Deer Valley Road|
|Thompson Hill Road South of Lotus, California|
|Another along Thompson Hill|
It appears that my fitness is much better, I didn't really get winded the whole ride, it was hard and there were some areas where I really was going as hard as I could, but I recovered quickly. My problem, at least in my opinion, is that I just don't have the muscle strength to push hard enough to go quickly. I was passed on Prospector's Road by three other cyclists, and they were all able to spin right along, where I was in my lowest gear and was just grinding along. The two issues I have are my core strength isn't up to snuff and I am just too fat, the extra 50 pounds is just too much for me to carry. Hopefully I will be able to drop some more weight, but I just haven't been able to. I keep a food journal and generally overestimate the number of calories I take in and underestimate those I burn during my workouts, but no luck. Well I will keep trying and get a stability ball to start doing some workout with my core.