Saturday, July 12, 2008

Saturday Ride

Last night when we were getting ready to go to bed, Gina asked if I thought she could do Big Mountain... I answered by telling her that it would be hard, then I showed her what the profile looks like for that ride:

I was pretty excited when she said she wanted to try. Sure enough, we woke up this morning to a beautiful, cool summer morning with the sun shining and a steady stream of cyclists heading up Emigration Canyon. The wind was a bit strong at first, but didn't last long after we got into the canyon. Up we went. The pedals kept turning over and before we knew it we were at Little Mountain. Gina said she didn't even want to stop until we got to the Reservoir (look in the profile and it's the little dip on the way up). We stopped and ate a bit, drank some water and then it was back on the bike for the steep section. Gina cruised right up the switchbacks of Big Mountain and I think the top looked more beautiful than ever because she had worked so hard. Now for some pics at the top:

Gina taking a short break after a steep switchback section. (almost there!)

Ahhh, the top. (I keep forgetting my camera, so I have to use my crappy cell phone one)


{lizzythebotanist} said...

gina is my hero. i totally want to conquer big mountain too-but i think i'll need to do little mountain a few times first. i don't have the stamina that gina does! plus i have postpartum chicken legg-gotta build some muscles. way to go GINA!!!!

gina bina said...

No joke, that was probably the hardest thing I've ever done. Extremely painful. I almost cried when I reached the top because a group of cyclists that passed me on the way up cheered for me as I summited. It sure wasn't pretty going up, but now I can say I've done it!
Thanks BD for being so patient with me and sticking with me the whole time...I didn't even see you break a sweat at my 4 mph pace.

Peter Ingebrigtsen said...

Good work Gina! That's impressive. Maybe even more impressive is voluntarily signing up to do it! That seems like the kind of thing I wold reluctantly do if someone was holding a gun to my head. Way to go!

sly fox said...

You guys are awesome. Way to go Gina. I think I felt a bit of an adrenaline rush reading the comment about the people cheering for you when you reached the top. That is awesome. I only hope that one day I can achieve the things you guys are doing together. Way to make the most of your Summer.

jarv said...

Way to go Gina that is so awesome!!! It's okay to cry I've cried on my bike on more than one occasion!