it seems to be one for me kasi it took me almost an hour and four dismounts to finally conquer it on SS but re-conquering* it again (after so many attempts) is refreshing and kinda fulfilling ;D thank you FLEA for giving the extra push
making it look easy even if the pain is unbearable
*conquered it before on a geared bike
Not what we have, but what we use, Not what we see, but what we choose- These are the things that mar or bless The sum of human happiness - anonymous
its the truth! i witnessed it...whoopi was climbing up too fast that she got her grips firmly on the brakes coz she was afraid she'd overshoot the left turn near ka tobias going to the timberland gate...she would have went straight to giant store if we didn't stop her.
now go home GBB and don't forget to drink your milk! LOL! ;D
"its not the mountains that we conquer, it's ourselves." ...e.hillary
Our version in the south is Paseo to Reverse Palace to tagaytay down to Talisay Batangas and back to Palace and go down where we went climb up earlier. Aproximately 96 kms and about 40 % is climbing.
We started practicing on the Cardiac hills of sta rosa for so many months.
Most has been said above, proper and consistent hydration is also very important. Water has Oxygen that will go directly into our system once we drink systematically. Be it a Gatorade or any other drinks.
Post by angelobryant on Feb 10, 2008 10:05:59 GMT 8
Long climbs = Check!
I originally started this thread to learn about long climbs, although a bit off topic (which I don't mind), I still learned the techinique. After a bit of road work and a bit of hard work, I decided to try and see if whether I can now conquer long climbs. The test site is the Bongagon to Baler route. I remember stopping quite a lot when I first climb Sierra Madre, on my second attemp with the PinoyMTBiker group, I still had quite a lot of stops. Yesterday, after a bit of hessitation, I decided to try the mountain one more time.
First climb is a bit easy since its only 5 km long. Success! I was breathing hard but not gasping like last time. Average climb speed was 14 kph and perceived exertion is like L3 (Acoggan chart). Legs are still ok and not fatigue yet after the climb. No sense of lactic acid build up. Next climb at hand is 11 km long. I was a bit conservative and climb it again at the PE of L3. Success! I was able to conquer it without stopping. Total travel time from bottom of mountain to the Aurora boundary is 1:11:00, distance around 17 km (including a short section of flat road after the initial 5 km ride).
Since my legs were still feeling ok, I decided to push through and go down Villa, Aurora. I also needed to test my fork which is a suntour epicon. I remember last time when I went down this fire road, I had to slow down since my old fork (RST) was set up too hard and it caused too much discomfort on my wrist. This time around, I was able to go down full speed and did not need to slow down or stop. The epicon has done its job pretty darn well. The non-series hydraulic break also work like a charm. All I had to do was use my index finger to modulate my speed on the tight corners. So so effortless. The descent was only 10 kms long. After reaching Villa, I rested for a while, drank my supply of milk chocolate for a quick recovery. Taste good and works as good as endurox. Cheap too ;D(http://www.gotmilk.com/news/health/chocolate_milk_pdfs/chocolate_milk_as_recovery_aid.pdf)
After resting for about half an hour. I decided then that its time to go. Set my tripmeter to zero and headed back up the mountain. 10 km of uphill again. By this time, I was feeling a bit tired already. I've already travelled 71 km on the way to Villa (Inclusive of a 40 km road ride from house to Bongabon) and I had to go back since I don't want to stay overnight in Baler.
I started the climb not caring anymore If I'm gonna be able to finish it at one go or not. Started at a more conservative pace this time and only going around 12 kph. The climb was harder since its steeper than the 2nd climb described above. Again PE is around L3. To my surprise, I was able to climb again without stopping. I know PinoyMTBiker halimaws regularly climb mountains bigger than this but for me, it still is a major achievement.
Upon reaching the top, I ate my last chocolate bar and drank all that was left from hydration pack. Took some souvenir shots and went on ahead. On my way down I passed by some truck stops so I decided to stop and refill my hydration pack there. After getting my fill, I continued on at a blistering pace. There was a point where my top speed reached 50 kph. . My first time reaching that speed on a fire road.
One last 1 km climb and I'm off the mountain and onto paved roads again. Sure enough, after some more pedalling I was able to reach the base of the mountain. Now the problem is, how do I get home. From the base of the mountain, I'm still 40 km away from my home. It was 12 pm already and I was getting hungry. Should I ride a jeep or just pedal on home. I decided to pedal na lang ;D
Reached home at around 3 pm. Total pedalling time is 6 hours and total time consumed including breaks is ~8 hours. Total distance? 71 km x 2 = 142. I'm beat. This is my first time travelling at that distance and I am sure glad it was over. Thanks for the tips PinoyMTBiker gurus! See you on the trails!
If you're gonna visit Nueva Ecija and want to know a good trail destination, ask me. I don't know sh!t! =)