Matt Donahue

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


After a frustrating day of home improvement on Saturday, I was granted a permission slip to skip out on kitchen rennovation duties and head down to Front Royal for a big road ride.

I joined Evan and Judd for the ride, and we left DC at 7:00AM on the nose. The weather was good, sunny, warm but not too humid. We started in Front Royal, headed down the Fort Valley past Elizabeth Furnace to Luray, climbed up to Skyline drive and rode back to Front Royal.

It was a sweet ride: 84 miles, about 10,000 feet of climbing, and ample suffering over 4 and a half hours. Although whipped afterwards, I did feel good during the ride and was happy with actually being able to keep up with these guys this year (last year I suffered significantly on the climbs and fell way behind).

This basically marks the ramp up training for the Shenandoah Mountain 100 in September.


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