I’m not afraid to admit I’ve been lacking the motivation to enter the pain cave much since finishing Haute Route Alps last September. I felt the same way after my first one in 2013. When you pour so much into one big event there is often a ‘hangover’ waiting for you on the other side – or there is for me at any rate. And so I’ve been spinning my wheels for the last 6 months (not without joy, mind you), waiting for something to come along.
Coach Rob always says that fear is the greatest motivator, and I just haven’t been petrified enough I guess…till now. You might remember that I entered a lottery to ride the Quebrantahuesos GranFondo a while back. Well, I ‘won’, along with the other half of 44|5 – John.
The route is 200 km, starting and ending in Sabiñánigo, a town on the Spanish side of the central Pyrenees. The race crosses two large cols on the way in and out of France: Col du Somport & Col du Portalet, with one more in the middle: Col de Marie-Blanque. The total climbing will be somewhere around 3500 meters.
This won’t be the longest or highest sportive I’ve ever done, but it’s probably not far off, all added up. No matter what the profile, 200 km is a pretty big day.
And so the annual routine really begins, starting with the hated FTP Test I did yesterday, and followed up by the even-more despised test tomorrow morning.