The cycling holiday in Slovenia was about to begin. As the morning sun twinkled on the church steeple on the island of Lake Bled serious things were being discussed.
“How far is this morning’s climb? What is the elevation gain? How steep is it?”
Hubby finally turned to me as I peppered him with questions like he is being interrogated for a crime ” Is everything okay?” Have I mentioned the man has the patience of a saint?
”Just nervous” I meekly mumbled.
If one is going cycling in the Julian Alps it has to be expected that you can’t find a flat bike path through the mountain range although one could remain hopeful.
The morning climb of 12.5 kms and 2400 feet of elevation gain was an optional one. Some saner members of the tour decided to ride in the van and the rest of us saddled up.
Call me crazy or motivated or desperate for a blog story I signed on for the hill.
Once out of Lake Bled things got serious. Hubby wore a GPS watch and called out the degree of steepness of the climb. This either feels validating or irritating depending on the current lack of oxygen to the brain.
Add the occasional road sign glaring it’s numbers of 10%, 12% and 18% to ensure sufficient feedback on the difficulty of the route.
Can readers out there who cycle please add some comments describing how 18% feels? A couple of years ago this would have been impossible for me. Now I am more stubborn (if that is actually possible), a bit more technically savvy and knowing the speed when one’s bike goes so slow that it actually falls over. True story.
Always good to have a wee rest before you become fodder for the local forestry wildlife. I found this friend below at a coffee shop.
One of the Australians in our group, a far stronger rider than I, rode behind Hubby and myself. Encouraging her to pass she remarked, “No worries. I don’t want to bust a boiler.” I can assure you neither did I and I might add I desperately want to learn to speak Australian.
Two weeks from today we head to Italy for another cycling adventure. Today’s post sets the mood for future huffing, puffing and gasping that will soon be spewing out of this blog. Yes we are going to try to blog on the go every two to three days. Keep a towel handy to wipe the sweat off your screens.
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Now you have two weeks to get in shape if you are coming along. I will be looking for you to push my bike up those hills so might I recommend some leg squats and bicep curls. I will still be blogging from Calgary until then. Just a little heads up so you can get packed.
Cycling in Piedmont Italy 2010
Would you like to go to Italy or have you been? Any recommendations or requests while we are there?