@flys564 – nice ride Looks like going up 40 is a category 2 climb (4 mi @ 7% avg, rounding), going up Jumonville Rd would be cat. 2 or 3, 5 mi @5%. 381 out of Ohiopyle toward 40 is another good climb…. probably more than 9 or 10% for a mile or 2.
On a side note, my lower back is always the limiting factor on rides with climbs. I usually have to get off of my bike and stand for a few minutes before I can continue. I am sure i use my low back muscles more than i should. I have also fallen down my stairs on my back several times. Even when I had a strong core, this was the case.
ejwme, It’s hard not to think about the consequences and I often tell myself “never again”.
Quizbot, last time we went out for a ride I think early last year, I hardly did any hill climbing. Now I don’t get as excited about going up Mt Washington once or twice a week ever since a guy on a fixie cut in front of me going up Brosville St. I’m feeling inspired to try the Jeremiah Bishop Alpine Loop ride now.. I don’t know if I could do it but I might go find out by doing that ride on 40 above as a loop until exhaustion and map out some other routes around 7-10,000 feet in that area. Sept 24th is a long way away.
stefb, I’m sure you’ve thought of this because of your profession but you should really get a thorough bike fit. I also had back problems until I got my bike pro-fitted. It makes a huge difference for the back. I also used to do a stretch where I basically rolled up into a ball, pulled my ankles towards my butt, and rocked back and forth. I bet you know that stretch though.
abracadabra – my favorite stretch is similar (usually starts your way and morphs): lay on back, bring in knees, grab feet, roll around (“dead bug rolling” is the best way to describe it). for some reason it not only feels good but makes me really happy, I usually end up giggling. probably because I keep thinking that imitating a dead bug shouldn’t feel that good.
I also like to sit on my bum with my knees tucked in and use my sits bones (and various other bones in there, I’m no anatomist) to massage the glutes from the inside out. Works best on hardwood floor or firm surface. Looks very, very silly, often induces giggling, which is also good for the glutes.
abracadabra – nice, yup it’s the crazy rocking (I do some side-side action too and often fall over for it). I cannot rock in any direction or position without giggling for some reason, so definitely look crazy (well, crazier).