Or, err, 1k. As in miles. I was in California last week for work, but on the Friday before I passed 1,000 miles for the year. I said that was my goal for the year, but I’ve really been hoping for 1,200 or more (50% more than last year would be nice). Luckily, fall is a wonderful time for bicycling in Colorado, so it’s very possible to get the additional 200 miles in.
The ride I did last Friday took me 3/4 of the way to Ward. That last 5 miles is the hardest – with another 1,500 feet of climbing – something to skip on a work day. As it was the ride stretched to 2 1/2 hours for 35 miles round trip. I went about a mile past Lick Skillet Rd (that leads to Gold Hill). The climb was only 2 1/2 miles further (one-way) than a ride to Jamestown (which I’ve done a number of times this year), but the last 5 1/2 miles (instead of 3 miles to Jamestown) averages 5-6% instead of 2-3%. There are a bunch of stretches hitting 8-10%, and I’m not really built for that anymore. 🙂 (And my bike isn’t geared for it either.) The total climbing for the ride was about 2,600 feet, 700 feet more than the trip to Jamestown.