MTB 4:10:00  33.4 mi (8.0 mph) +7390ft
ahr:128 max:156 weight:150.2lbs shoes: SW MTB 2014 Bling
Triple serving of Olallie Jolly for 2018's first Tough Bastard Ride (dedicated to Chris Ragsdale). To help prepare people that I am coaching for a really hard event, I build into the plan what I used to call a "Hard Ride." "Tough Bastard" is more descriptive and accurate. Basically, it is an Hors Categorie ride, a ride that is harder than a typical hard ride, and one that should be difficult to complete. There are some physiological adaptations from this type of ride, but mostly it is designed to be a mental thing. Based on how I faded the first time up the climb, I knew that it would not be easy for me to complete this ride...but that's what I wanted! The third time up, I felt like a snail could climb faster than I was, but I caught and overtook two guys half my age. That helped to put a smile (briefly) on my face as I struggled onward and upward. Perhaps I should just call these rides "Chris Ragsdale" rides, because he is the toughest bastard I've ever seen on a bike.