Tales from the trails: Edge 705 leads to happy endings


Lv1Leadville"Back in 1996," Dave writes, "I foolishly tried this race only to make it half of the way and with a harsh lesson on what altitude and 12,000 feet of mountain bike climbing can deliver. For 2008 it was a different story. Starting in February, I began the long training slog in order to tackle this race again on August 9. Using my commute to Garmin as part of the plan, I was able to get 46 miles in several times per week with additional riding in evenings and weekends and the occasional race. By logging everything on Garmin Connect via my Edge 705, it was easy to see if I was making progress or setting myself up for disaster. Just prior to the race I reviewed several previous Leadville 100 times on Motionbased.com to get a target speed. I then downloaded one race time to use as a virtual partner during the race. 

Lv2Lv3_2"For the first 43 miles, my race went well. I stayed close to my target pace of just under nine hours, but then the Columbine climb was in my horizon. This was the big, relentless 8-mile climb that tops out above 12,000 feet at the race’s halfway point. With my target time in jeopardy, it was a quick refuel at the top and then the 8-mile downhill return (which was almost worth the climb up). Once I was back at Twin Lakes for another refuel it was time to roll again. Since I was riding a single speed, riding the relatively level valley was not going so well and I was actually wishing for a hill to climb for the resistance. Like they say, be careful what you wish for. The last and probably most formidable climb in the race was ahead of me — the Powerline climb. It arrived at mile 80 and went up steep for the next 5 miles leaving me with a nice downhill. But then there was another climb with a downhill, and yet another climb, and another climb after that. But then the final climb arrived and sent me back into Leadville for the finish. I made it this year with a time of 9:49:59. You know it was worth it when within minutes of finishing you’re already planning for next year." To see Dave’s ride in more detail, click here for the Motionbased link.

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