I used crutches the rest of the day. I tried going for a walk on Monday, but barely made it out my front door before the pain overwhelmed me. On Tuesday I woke feeling noticeably imrpoved but assuredly incapable of running. Despite drooling rain clouds hovering over Boulder I resigned to my bicycle to at the very least get some fresh air. In my incredibly cool keen sandals, running shorts and a U-lock rattling around on my handlebars I was lacking in any hip cycling kit. When I reached the end of Boulder Creek I felt fantastic so I finished the ride with a loop of Fourmile-Poorman-Sunshine. In short, I had a great time but arrived home with a much greater thirst for riding than when I left a short hour beforehand.
I immediately sent out a message to Justin Simoni (if you don't know who he is, please click and read; you're mind will explode), he gave me some route beta on getting up the I-70 corridor to Mt Evans. It wasn't so much of where it is so much as what roads are safe to bike on. I thought I would be able to get all the way up the paved road to summit Mt Evans at 14,000ft+, but I started an apparent hour too late with far too little biking fitness. I turned around about 13 miles but 4,000ft beneath the summit. It was cool though, and really encouraging. Its similar to driving up, but the moments last forever, a cool view lasts 30 minutes, a boring stretch could be 2 hours. You're actively engaged in every moment, not sitting inside of cage passively rolling along. Everything just feels more real, if that makes sense. This was by far the biggest ride of my life at 108 miles, 10,900ft of gain and 7h47m.
|Clouds were building in the West, with all the lightning accidents (and my lack of fitness) I was easily persuaded to head home.|
|Its all about enjoying the ride.|
|The westbound route in all of its glory.|
|The out-of-state tourists' minds melt when you say you started in Boulder. In-staters roll their eyes and say, "You would be from Boulder". Its a problem.|
|Enjoying some long awaited sunshine on round 2 of Loveland Pass.|