An Unexpected Journey

Okay, the journey itself was planned far in advance, but the time it took to get there was a little surprising.

Today I climbed Mont Ventoux with a friend I met in Haute Route Alps last year – Jan. He is over in Bédoin with his family for a week, just steps away from Kilometer Zero. We determined that we would ‘ride it hard’ and see where the chips fell. I had no idea how I’d go since I hadn’t climbed for time this year and, as you know, I’m a little over my fighting weight.

Long story short, I felt pretty peppy and I found a wheel to follow at the beginning, then got into a nice rhythm through the forest.  I had so much confidence at Chalet Reynard that I thought I might be going for a personal best, but my math was off and that last km at the top of the mountain brought me back to reality. I ended up with 1:34, possibly my 2nd best time. 1:30 is so close, but it would really take a lot of suffering to break it, I think.

Jan finished a bit behind, but that appendectomy a few months ago probably took a bit out of him. Here he is, muscling through some pedestrians to summit without getting off his bike.

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That photo you just need to have.

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Jan, his wife Shannon, and his mom, after a great lunch on the patio.

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6 thoughts on “An Unexpected Journey

  1. Great job guys! Every ride up this beast of a climb is a “red letter” day in the training log. There’s no such thing as a bad ride up Ventoux…..just some are better than others. Wish I could be there.

    • My overall ‘Normalized Power’ was 236 Watts, so…how do I figure that out!? Lose 2 kg and I’ll bet I’d be coming close without even upping the power.

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