Sunday, June 19, 2011

Warrior Dash

This Saturday was the Warrior Dash in Channahon, IL.  3.5 miles of running with obstacles and lots of mud, followed by turkey legs, beer, and watching everyone else run over obstacles and through mud.

Even with my lack of production/editing skills, the video tells a better story than I could with words.  Let's just say I've had multiple "hose off" sessions with the clothes and shoes I wore, and I think I am to the point of just giving up and throwing it all away.

Warrior Dash 2011 from Nick Paulson on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

TOMRV and Climbing

This weekend I headed over to the Quad Cities area for the Tour of the Mississippi River Valley (TOMRV) with 1,500 of my closest friends.  On Saturday we set out from Scott College in Bettendorf and rode 106 miles to Clark College in Dubuque.  Upon arrival, we found our bags, dropped them off in our dorm rooms, showered, drank some victory beers, binged on the dinner they provided us, and struggled to stay up until 8:30 pm while having a few more beers (needed those carbs for the ride the next day). Sunday we set out from Dubuque on a 90 mile route back to Bettendorf.

That is close to 200 miles over 2 days.

Oh yeah, there are a few hills in the Mississippi River Valley too. 

6,000 ft. of climbing on Saturday.

TOMRV Day 1 Elevation Profile
4,000 ft. of climbing on Sunday. 

TOMRV Day 2 Elevation Profile
This is a little more uphill pedaling than I am used to in east-central IL. For comparisons sake, here are the elevation profiles from the first 50 miles of Sunday's (Day 2) TOMRV route plotted alongside one of our typical 50ish mile weekend group breakfast rides.

No wonder my legs were sore on Monday.