Posted by: David D. Daggett | September 1, 2008

A Training Treat

A Training Treat

      What treats do you get as a benefit from your training fitness? I love to get a training treat, and holiday weekends seem to be the perfect time. A bike ride into the mountains always seems to fit the bill for me.

      This past Saturday, my long time close friend, Tom Underhill, and I enjoyed a long ride to his house up in the mountains near the Blue ridge Parkway.  Between us, we have 31 Ironman finishes.  The profile of the course is in the image above.

Tom planned this ride and included a Labor Day cookout for our families and friends at their mountain house. The Underhills’ invited about ten couples, and our kids, up for an enjoyable afternoon. The ride was just a treat to enjoy as a prelude to the festivities.

Over the past 20 years Tom and I have bike thousands of miles together. Over the last couple of years we have not ridden together as frequently due to changes in our life circumstances, so we now really enjoy the opportunity. We can pretty much ride intuitively with each other.

We first did this ride back in the early ‘90s. Our favorite part is the 4.5 mile climb up Squirrels Spur. It is strikingly obvious on the profile chart. At the top Tom informed me that he had a “new” route the rest of the way, which is his way of adding a little extra distance and a few more hills.

     At the perfect point of breathlessness on one of the last little climbs, Tom looks over and says “You are doing the cooking, aren’t you.”  Some things never seem to change, and it is always a treat!

Keep fitness a treat,

David

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