We’re vacationing in the same house that we did last year, on the highest mountain above Lake Burton, in Tiger, GA. I tried riding up the road to the house we’re staying in two or three times last year but ended up walking after only a quarter mile. The grade borders on ridiculous. A few 1/4 to 1/2 mile stretches above 20%. It’s a monster and last year, even in my granny gear (30-25) I got to a point where I couldn’t turn the pedals so I had to walk it.
When we drove up it on arriving Friday morning I couldn’t help but wonder what the hell I was thinking even trying to climb that damn thing in the first place.
Then Mrs. Bgddy and I went for our daily ride yesterday and the fact that I couldn’t make it up the mile and a half started eating at me. By the end of our ride there was nothing going to keep me from trying again.
I informed the Misses that I’d be giving it a go and asked her to drive behind me in case I needed a ride (didn’t wany to walk the damn thing again), packed her bike on the bike rack, and hit it. I cruised by the first rise that blew me up last year with a wry grin stretched across my face. “Keep the cadence steady, not too fast”, I thought… I just kept moving. At about a half mile there’s a nice flat spot that allowed me to catch my breath (and I stopped a couple of other times on flatter spots for a breather).. I made it a little more than a mile of the mile and a half before I’d finally had enough. My legs were jello, my breathing, well let’s just say I can’t ever remember breathing that hard. 7 mph on a mountain had me breathing harder that 28 in a pack of animals. I think that’s the nature of the beast though, and what makes climbing so much fun… There isn’t a whole lot of room for error when it comes to a really steep climb – and later on, after the feeling has returned to your legs, you can’t help but feel awesome. Thankfully Mrs. Bgddy was thinking on her feet and snapped a few pictures:
Well done. Congrats. And it looks amazing there. I would just stay there indefinitely, and ride the climb every day until you summit it. Then keep staying there.
I’m going to hit it again either today (legs still feeling a little tight) or tomorrow… I’ll give it everything I’ve got over the next week.
I cannot wait to hear about you conquering it some day!!!
(It doesn’t necessarily have to be this trip, of course). Good luck!!!!
That last half mile has me nervous – no breaks, it’s going to be interesting.
Do your best and kick butt. And remember how far you’ve already come!!! That alone is a huge victory. 😉
Welcome to Georgia! Hope you enjoy the heat & humidity. 😒
Thanks, lovely weather! Not really. We’re stuck on the porch playing cards today. Ah well, better than working.
Nicely done! Attack the mountain! Keep going, you’ll get it!
Nice work Jim, I have no doubt you’ll conquer it soon, you must be pleased with how much fitter and stronger you are now compared with last time?!
Great ride!! Without challenges life would be boring.