05.13.10 — Suncrest X2

Type: Great Climbing Route
Distance: 20.2 miles
Time: 1:12:10
TSS: 142.3
Average Watts: 190 watts
Normative Power: 228 watts
Average Heart Rate: 159 bpm
Total Work: 1,048 kJ

This was one of the better climbs that I have within riding distance from my house. Most of the locals call it the Suncrest Loop. I had to drop my son off at a kindergarten enhancement for two hours so I decided I would just park my truck and ride for a while. I thought I had less time than I did, so I didn’t go as long as I planned.

I started at the Smith’s on the south side of the mountain and headed up. The climb was pretty tough. I was surprised how well my legs responded, but my lungs were not where I thought they would be. From the bottom to the top (the blinking stop sign) it is almost exactly 5.0 miles and 1,250 feet of climbing. I think the first two miles have about 200 feet of climbing and the other 1,000 feet come in the last 3.0 miles.

The first time I went up felt pretty solid. I turned around and flew down the mountain. I was really nervous about the road surface because the winter and snow plows really tore up the asphalt. I finished the first out and back in just under 30 minutes and decided that I had to take the mountain on again. During the up portion of the second is when my lungs started to revolt. I am not sure how to describe it, but I think the colder temps on the top of the mountain got to me.

Salt Lake Century
I have a great ride lined up for Saturday with my pal Shay Bertola and Juston Puchard. We are hitting up the Salt Lake Century that starts at the Utah State Fairgrounds and goes out to Antelope Island and back. It should be tons of fun.

Big Surprise
I am getting a new roadie in the next week. That’s right, I said it, a new roadie. I have really wanted one because LOTOJA requires UCI compliant bikes, but then I missed the cut into LOTOJA (bummer). I had already ordered my new bike before I knew we missed the cut — now I still get a new bike. Call it a reward for completing the Ironman or whatever you want. I don’t want to jinx it or anything, so I won’t reveal exactly what it is. But it is a Cervelo, like my P3C. I am having Canyon Bicycles of Draper build it for me. I will publish the entire component list once I have delivery of the rig…man I am pumped. This is my happy dance…

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