Saturday, July 7, 2012
i think i can, i think i can
You know, it's funny how I sign up to go ride in the mountains of Colorado, knowing it will be hard, and yet look for ways to convince myself that it won't be that bad. I guess my convoluted thinking goes something like this: If it wasn't hard, anyone could do it, and I wouldn't have near the satisfaction from doing it. If it's too hard, I might not be able to do it. And while I'm far from the strongest rider on any tour, I've climbed all the climbs that CRMBT has put in front of me. Furthermore, while I believe that the 2012 version of CRMBT will pose plenty of difficulty, I'm confident I can complete the ride.
The last day of the tour has us riding 94 miles to get back to Pagosa Springs. No major climbs, but it looks like there's a nice little climb before we get to Durango. And if memory serves, the climb from Durango towards the Vallecito reservoir could give you all you want on the last day. After that, and after all the climbing we will have done, there's really no big challenge the rest of the way to Pagosa Springs. But the day will be long, and hot. I can hardly wait. Four weeks from tomorrow we'll be touring.