For this chilly beginning of the New Year, I thought I would not stray too far in case I got too cold or something. I knew I wanted to do a bit of climbing after a two week lay off from any real riding.
I figured the 5000ft. of Daxue Shan would be perfect. Still, I wasn't sure how cold it would get up on the mountain.
I have done this ride a few times, so it was fun to see the change between seasons.
My first order of business was making sure I'd be warm enough. I bundled up in my cold weather gear and about 10 minutes out the door I was plenty warm.
I started up at a pretty good clip, but I tried not to get too enthusiastic. I didn't know how long my legs would hold up.
All my landmarks just buzzed along in no time and I was feeling pretty happy with myself... especially after a period on not riding.
In no time my arm and leg warmers were in my jersey pockets. My long-finger gloves were replaced with my worn short-finger gloves. My jacket came off and I was rolling up my base-layer sleeves.
As I made it up to the 4000ft level I was feeling the climb in my legs, but had plenty left. I still heard a pit of noise coming from my bike and stopped to check out the source.
That is when I noticed a hairline fracture in my Head Tube.
That was the end of my ride. I gingerly paced my descent to avoid any surprise potholes, while I rehearsed breaking the news to my wife and friends.
I was also conscious of the fact that it would be our last ride together and did my best to enjoy it. She has been the perfect steed and it is sad to have ridden our final road together.
For our last 1/2 km home I attempted one more full sprint to the front door.