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Mount Tom, Holyoke. 1000 feet in one mile. September 10, 2007

Posted by air9r in Training.


Usually Mondays are a rest day for me but I decided to get this little known paved climb on the GPS.   Although it would be nice to get in some cyclocross specific training during rest/antibiotic/soccer Dad period, I just don’t feel up to it just quite yet.  Therefore, I’m still cutting back the mileage and taking rides for fun.

This is the hardest climb I know next to Mount Washington.  Its a paved access road to some radio towers.  What makes it difficult is that its a constant pitch with no rest.  Today I rode up it in the 39×25 but still managed 175 on the HR even though I was trying to climb as easy as possible.  You either push or fall over.

If you look at the descent on the GPS elevation profile, there is a small ripple where I turned in to the B-17 Flying Fortress WWII Memorial http://www.chronos-historical.org/mtholyoke/1989monument.html.    A flag and some monuments mark the spot where the aircraft slammed into the mountain in poor weather after returning from Europe killing all aboard.  Imagine surviving the horrors or war only to get die when you were almost home



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