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Local Man Motorboated to Death By Giant Stripper Boobs!

I'm so sick of lame-ass obituary drivel about 'he died doing what he loved.' I hate dead-legged interminable uphill slogging cold-sweating cramping fileting by catclaw and wondering how my wife is gonna rip me a new one cause i'm so late to NYE festivities. That would have been a horrible -- terrible -- death, and in my final moments of breathless frustration i would have screamed and cursed the Heavens and wondered why i was not at home playing Wii with the best little girls in the world.





The AZ Trail from the Picketpost TH outside Superior, to the Gila River and back. 41 miles, and we thought 7500 vf. Turns out it was 9k, that extra 20% all stuffed into 10 miles on top of another 2500 vf., and about 3500 before that. I was doing great through the first 5 miles of the climb. Easy reliable 15 min miles that steadily rolled off me. The last 5 punctured all reserves and left me completely and utterly shattered. I haven't had my ass handed to me so badly in a couple years. The climb just kept going and going, and going. All I could think was 'i have to get out of this canyon! i have to get out of this canyon!' When I finally did, my left leg locked up both ways. It cramped extending and it cramped contracting. I couldn't spin out the cramp or be still with it. I flopped over on a switchback, trapped in cramps extending and contracting, and writhed on the trail for 20 seconds until i was able to grab my foot and pull my leg bent, whenceforth it cramped again and i had to stand up to prop my leg extended, whenceforth... This continued for 2 hours.

Other than all that, it was a primo day on primo trail







The trail is holistic, and follows the contours of the terrain so seamlessly i often couldn't guess where it went around the next bend. Its surface blended the landscape. Some sections are bench cut, others over embedded rock, through rock gardens or stream crossings or narrow lines on exposed pitches. There were no freebees.





out to the dropin at mile 14 and back would be a great long day without being totally brutal. ~5 hrs, but not so much that you lost the joy of the engagement on the trail I averaged just under 11 min\mile out to mile 14. A bit faster on the return. It was flowy and snug, but i was so broken the last 5 miles i appreciated very little.

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the change in tree color marked the Gila River



strange bedfellows











I rounded a corner and saw Doug rolling through this on the far side. It reminded me of a sequence i took of Beckie in The Canyon, the distances and scopes were similar. can you see him?



lemme help ya out with that
 

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A few from today's AZT Jamboree:

Drop-off zone:

Sure is purdy down south

Dag Nabbit on the grasslands

One HAB'er & one rider

Great terrain

View from lunch

Dag Nabbit on the runout

Aid station? Why yes. Pizza? Absolutely. Fantastic addition to this year's version, thanks to the volunteers!!

Deep sand makes for a soft landing

Last year: 45 mins, lost then bushwhacked up a very steep canyon wall to get out. This year: 20 seconds on the paved road. Winner.

Awesome ride for a great cause, the AZT!! If you haven't been down to ride this section of the Arizona Trail, makes plans to do so. There are out-n-back options. Better yet, come ride the 2013 Jamboree!! Really happy with my time this year, shaved 2 hours off from last year.
 

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Local Man Motorboated to Death By Giant Stripper Boobs!

I'm so sick of lame-ass obituary drivel about 'he died doing what he loved.' I hate dead-legged interminable uphill slogging cold-sweating cramping fileting by catclaw and wondering how my wife is gonna rip me a new one cause i'm so late to NYE festivities. That would have been a horrible -- terrible -- death, and in my final moments of breathless frustration i would have screamed and cursed the Heavens and wondered why i was not at home playing Wii with the best little girls in the world.
I love that elevation profile. And that is one daunting ride. Almost all the elevation of the Prescott Monstercross but in 20 less miles. I still stand by my total of 8800ft. Ouch. Hope the wife was generous with her forgiveness. I've been plenty late on some rides, and I'll pour it on to try and get out in time, but sometimes there's nothing left..... Kudos for that ride. I'd like to do it, but don't know when. I need just the right amount of stupidity and hubris to make it happen.
 

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don't do it. Seriously, I think just out to mile 15 and back would be perfect, or the shuttle you guys did. the juice was not worth the squeeze, i did not enjoy the 'fun' dh at the end i was so tired.
Don't tempt me with prohibition! It will only feed my stupidity and hubris......to enter that dark, dark place ..... that Luke went to in Degobah.... only to strike myself down for my stupidity and hubrisity! .... the inner turmoil comenceth....

Besides, Jeff and Nancy did it on SS's. Pushing a 19t. Can't be THAT bad.....:D
 

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Don't tempt me with prohibition! It will only feed my stupidity and hubris......to enter that dark, dark place ..... that Luke went to in Degobah.... only to strike myself down for my stupidity and hubrisity! .... the inner turmoil comenceth....

Besides, Jeff and Nancy did it on SS's. Pushing a 19t. Can't be THAT bad.....:D
Hoping to do one of the biggest rides around this weekend....I will give you the stats later with a elevation profile. Let's compare after we ride?!:thumbsup:
 
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