Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Transylvania Epic Training Camp, Day One
As many of you might have heard the largest mountain bike stage race, in North America, The Transylvania Epic is being brought to you by none other than my former coach and friend Mike Kuhn and his teammate Ray Adams. This epic 7 day adventure has its own blog and you can learn all about it by going there. So this camp features a preview of several stages of the TSE course.
Laura’s home turf is the Pisgah National Forest, which she describes as “a great mix of technical singletrack, technical climbs, harrowing rock like descents, dirt descents with waterbars, and roots.” My teammates should know; they did the state race there last year and everyone hit the podium I'm pretty sure, anyway, I was kinda out of it last year.
We did not get back from riding until 7:30 pm, drank our recovery shakes and took showers in our heated boy scout camp which by my estimation was closer to the Ritz than to actually camping, which was fine by me. Later we drive into State College to sit and eat at The Corner Room. It was a blast. I was so happy to be doing what I loved. And not having to work for the rest of the week. And knowing that Ian was taking good care of my puppies. I just wondered if I was going to ride this well for the whole 4 days. It was a lot of riding, my fitness was not the greatest right now, I had only been on the mountain bike for 6 weeks since December, and usually when I do these camps by the third or fourth day I would crash and burn.
Such beautiful country up here. It really makes me want to leave the city and find a place in the mountains. One dream at a time already.
3:43 saddle time/4:39 ride time/3162 feet of climbing/32 miles
posted by andrea walheim