For the past few weeks I've had an idea for a "hard" ride rattling around in my head. As I've said before, my training focus for the next 6 or so weeks is going to shift from the normal endurance focus to more of a XC focus to boost my power and race pace. So, my plan was to time trial the Blue Sky Trail that runs from west of Fort Collins, South to Loveland. The idea was to simulate a XC race situation and end fairly spent. First off was to ride to the trailhead, then re-set the HR monitor and pound away. The trail itself is crazy fast and super smooth. Railing turns and cranking in the big ring and 11 in the back are just part of the fun!
Once to the Loveland Trailhead I devoured a power bar and turned around. The ride back North to Fort Collins requires more climbing and I had a slight headwind, but I felt strong, and with such a great day I probably had a smile plastered from ear to ear.