GMR / East G / Crystal and back to via the village with Art, Greg and Greg.
Great day with a great crew. Lots of respect for those guys and stoked to have a day like this with them. Art Sosa is back!
Legs felt like junk - two days after running for the first time in about 5 weeks and the hard efforts on Fridays group ride left my legs feeling like crap. I rolled GMR easy/steady and just figured I would sit in for the day. Two weeks out from Grizzly so glad I did not do the XC race and did this instead.
Ended up feeling awesome and had some PR's but even more I am at a level I didnt think I would ever be at...last time I did this ride I had a to sit down and I was pushing to ride with Jerry and Chris. This time I rolled solo and added a bunch of out and backs at faster paces. Its not like my legs didnt feel terrible at times but they just kept rolling and pushing without much thought or effort.
Not a strava geek but looking back at the meat of the crystal lake climb over the years it was taking me 2-2hr 30min prior to 2013 with stops. Last two years I was about 1hr 40min at best and pushing with Jerry and Chris this year I got down to 1hr 20min. I rode solo and not even struggling to hold a wheel today I got to the cafe in 1hr 10min and I didnt know the cafe was included so I soft pedaled the last two miles. ha! I will take it for the effort and packing extra tubes, pump, bottles, etc. in case we rode the saddle. Def some improvement landing that in the front of a 13K ride and finishing the ride with some pop.