Cycling (Z4 or Kenyan) 5:32:32  81.87 mi (14.8 mph) +12204ft
ahr:137 max:164 slept:8.0 weight:185lbs shoes: North Wave Tri Shoes
Plan: RPE8 Zone 4 30-45 min Hills. Zone 2 elsewhere -or - Kenyan finish. 3-5 hours total
Average speed: Average MOVING speed 15.1 (important because my goal for the day was to beat 15. Ave Speed 14.8
Route: Crystal Mountain Blvd (bottom at entrance to park) to Paradise and back. Took off at 7pm Friday and stayed at Crystal Lodge. Nice option to get an early start and not feel like insane dawn patrol. Very quiet and solid sleep there.
ALTITUDE QUOTED: Serious question over what the true altitude gain was today. Definitely not the Garmin quoted 12K. Guessing at 9K or less. Goal accomplished though ... about the same or more than Whistler at about the same or more distance. Sweet.
INTENSITY: Don't know if this counts at a "5" or a "4", but it hurt like a 5!
Physical: THAT was hard but I have a whole body smile from it. I did absolutely great until the last 15 minutes climbing up to Cayuse pass. I went for it Kenyan style a little early and paid the price. Felt GREAT up to that point. Felt like crap after that point but still jammed as hard as possible to the top. All day, cadence was strong and in the 90's to low 100's while in high Z3 or low Z4. I think I saw clear evidence of altitude in my HR by referencing RPE and noting HR was higher than normal. I stuck with RPE rather than follow HR and slow down out of fear of running out of juice. I think this was a good call. Judging by the wall I hit on Cayuse, I used up most of what I had to give. I intended on riding up to Crystal and having Christine bring the car up, but I wanted none of that when the time came. We chose not to ride Crystal Mt Blvd based on your recommendation, seeing the road Friday night (note that they have repaved large chunks of it, so it's better but not great), and finally, starting with a 6 mile downhill at 6:45 and 51 degrees sounded stupid.
Mental: Rock solid all day, but when I hit the wall, I got a little pissed. I'm starting to understand the mental pressure to push better than I ever had. Pretty easy when you feel strong. Going deep takes so much more.