7 Hills of Kirkland

Today I did the 7 11 Hills of Kirkland, which involves 4,600 ft of climbing over 58 miles. Since I got another broken spoke 25 miles into the Saturday CTS training series ride and had gotten new wheels to fix it the same day, this was a bit of a make up session. Aside from mileage I was glad to see that the climbing was close to what the RAMROD training series ride did this weekend. Previously I’ve never ridden Seminary Hill had not gone up Winery Hill, so it was nice to get some exposure to both of those forms of torture. Favorite Hill was Norway Hill, least favorite was Novelty Hill (long, busy street and I had to go to the bathroom bad). Second least favorite was Old Redmond Road Hill, where I was getting passed a bit. I’m still getting some thigh cramps at different points, but nothing near as bad as one of the last rides I did. One guy was on the ground and in pain at the bottom of Winery road from painful thighs. I had a twinge going up the steep part, but no real need for compensation till the last climb of education hill, and I did allot better then the previous RAMROD training series ride that I had to abort by climbing the Snoqualmie parkway hill.

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