This is my first 2008 Challenge Update.
It’s been a fabulous year so far for cycling – with excellent weather. Roads that are plowed have been dry and very ride-able.
If nothing else, so far this year I have proven that it is possible to cycle the Alps in winter – at least smaller climbs. It’s a question of attitude, warm gloves, a good balaclava, several layers, and a bit of bravery on the descents.
The first few minutes can be awful, but cold weather cycling can be a ton of fun.
The Main Challenge:
Surprisingly, I am ahead of schedule on my main challenge to cycle 160,000 metres of vertical ascent.
To lose 13 pounds by June 30th – AND importantly keep it off until the end of 2008.
I have lost 8 pounds to date – although nothing recently. OK progress.
My 2008 Climbs map is filling up:
= Blue = French Alps = Blue / Red = French Jura Mountains
= Green = Swiss Alps = Green / Red = Swiss Jura Mountains
I’ll keep a cumulative total of the above, using a higher number for every new climb.
Separately, using the same color scheme, I’ll keep track of small cols (passes) that I have climbed or perhaps passed from an easier diection using small square markers .