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Loki to the vet; Dreamed about a new KOM, then made it happen.

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Loki enjoying his favorite snack.

Loki enjoying his favorite snack.

Loki has an early appointment with the veterinarian, so I’ll be typing fast this morning.

Nothing is wrong with Loki, it’s just time for his exam, which he has every six months now that he’s an old boy. It’s hard to believe that Loki will be 17 years old in a few months! Not bad for a 70 pound Shepard mix. He still runs around out back, and can even get up and down the stairs for popcorn on movie day. I think a big part of the reason he’s so healthy is because he knows how much he’s loved.

So I had sort of a restless night of sleep on Tuesday, and I woke up yesterday morning feeling a little bit tired. You know what I dreamed about? Breaking the current record on the Mini Destroyer segment at Mt. Dora. 😀 I’m not kidding about that, it’s really the only thing I recall dreaming about. In the dream I remember being bummed because my rear brake cable snapped. Then I thought, “You don’t even need brakes for this segment dude–it’s all uphill. Forget about it and ride!”

When I woke up breaking that record was the only thing on my mind. Tired or not, I knew I was going.

Yesterday was the first day of the month, and I’m always extra busy on the that day. I started work very early, and had accomplished a good amount by the time I broke away for a ride. 23 cups of black coffee and a good breakfast helped, but I was definitely not feeling 100%.

When I got to the trailhead it was about 10:00 AM and already pretty hot. The humidity was much worse than it was when I rode on Monday. 🙁

I decided to warm up with a ride down the twisting Gravity Destroyer section of trail, and then take my shot at the Mini Destroyer uphill crown while I was still fresh. I figured that after my attempt at the record I’d do a couple of fun laps of the main loop (which I did).

You might recall from Tuesday’s blog that I rode the Mini Destroyer segment on Monday for time, but turned in a disappointing 3rd place performance. My time on Monday was a personal record, but still 9 seconds off of the KOM time. Part of the reason for my poor time was because I inadvertently sat idle for 5 seconds with the clock running before I even started. This error was because I was sitting just inside the segment starting line without realizing it. I knew that those “free” 5 seconds would get me closer to the record, but I still had to improve an additional 4 seconds to even tie it.

I was extremely happy when I got home and saw my time. I beat my personal best by 12 seconds, and I beat the King Of the Mountain record that has stood since February by 3 seconds. I was also pretty happy with my average power output–530 watts (click to enlarge):

New Mini Destroyer King Of the Mountain.

New Mini Destroyer King Of the Mountain.


Here it is on Strava.

Right towards the top of the hill, perhaps the last 25 yards, I felt my legs going. It’s not like I lost all power, but I could tell that there wasn’t much left. I know my body pretty well, and I honestly think that my legs began to give out simply because I was tired. I guess what I’m saying is I’m confident that I can shave a couple more seconds off my current time. 🙂

I’ve got to get out the door. Train hard, and have a great day!

John Stone Fitness Comments

8 Responses to “Loki to the vet; Dreamed about a new KOM, then made it happen.”
  1. John, how long do you think your body takes to fully recover after putting out a maximum effort on Mini Destroyer? Suppose you were dissatisfied with your first attempt, would it make sense to try again after a reasonable rest period?

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    • The answer to your question would depend on the individual and a host of other factors. Mini Destroyer is a short, but extremely intense climb. Doing the climb with a maximal effort will certainly take a lot out of anyone who does it, but recovery times would vary greatly from one person to the next.

      I like Strava, but I’m not going to sit around for 30 minutes recovering for the sole purpose of doing another 45 second ride. I take my shot, and then I go on to ride something else.

      There’s nothing technical about Mini Destroyer: it’s purely a “How fast can you climb this damn hill on a mountain bike?” challenge. 🙂 Baring a mechanical issue, I can’t imagine a second attempt being quicker than the first. YMMV.

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  2. That’s what I feared. I’d planned on using Mini Destroyer for some back to back tests, but it occurred to me that after the initial run I’d be too fatigued to do another one without a long wait in between. I may just have to stretch it out over several days.

    I’m pleased to report that I’ve successfully installed and tested Strava, BTW. I claimed my first KOM this afternoon by walking the length of my office parking lot, at one point setting a blistering pace of 3.7 mph. I suspect it will be a long time before anyone dares challenge it.

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