Friday, May 20, 2011
Georgia Training Camp Day 2...OUCH!
So the photo's above do not do Justice to how perfect the riding conditions were today! We had a split group today. One group did less climbing than the other, pretty simple way to split it, since the climbing is in every direction when you are in the Mountains. Our group headed out of Helen, GA, up Unicoi Gap, Jacks Gap, up the 3 mile climb with 10-26% grades of Brasstown Bald (Highest Point in the Southeast)and then we tackled the back side of Hog Pen! Hog Pen backwards is no joke and a tough way to finish 6500 feet of climbing in 60 miles. We did the ride in a little over 4 hrs. Little stopping today as we were climbing and descending, then climbing again!
The group is doing really well! We had one rider with us today, that dug deeper than he ever has on a bike. It is tough moments to be 20 miles from the finish, with a 6 mile climb with an average of 12% grade, and have some cramping. We pulled together for this rider and he was well recovered by the climb. During the climb we instructed him to ride at HIS OWN PACE, monitor his fluids and take 2 electrolite replacements as he climbed. He made it to the top and the rest was down hill to our cabin. He admitted that he wanted to call the car to come and get him 2 times during our climb. I cannot be happier for his accomplishment and as you can see from the smiles at the dinner table the group is having a great time. We are missing a few from that picture, but hope you enjoy some of the shots from today.
We did some videos of the downhills and some of the riding. We will need to edit it and post is later. Meaning in a weeks time or so? Endurofit coach, Jeb Stewart will have it on his site down the road under training camps. This was a private camp and has been a great learning experience for us as coaches and the crew that made the commitment to attend. One more day in the Mountains tomorrow to top off a great camp!