Much to report except really a basic confirmation of recent week.
A shocking development was extreme exhaustion on this 1800 calorie climb tonight. And it was wonderfully revealing.
It was a really good journey but with 25% left to go the legs were just spent. The body was spent. All it could do was just sort of hold on.
All it could do was just sort of maintain pressure forward with the balls of the feet on the pedals but the pressure felt slightly Below, on the upper Arch. The forward Arch.
And the performance was terrific.
A related piece of this possibly was about the same time a decision to try and equate the body's expenditure with walking. And more particularly with walking up this steep Road carrying a 70 lb load which is what James was carrying. It is very very difficult for James body to not try and expand all the energy if possibly can. Throttling back continues to be very difficult. This idea of trying to equate with the energy expenditure of walking was helpful.
The human output maintained between 100w and 180 Watts!
what the heck was going on? Much energy had gone into the technique and mechanical physics discussed in recent blogs. Maybe the body had gotten into good habits. But be that as it may I think that there was a relaxation and fluidity the came when the body just said, all we can do is hang on and keep pressure on the pedals.
In a very brief climb this morning, June 10th, the body was tired but not that tired. But the attempt was to carry forward cycling as though the body were totally exhausted and only able to keep pressure alternately on the pedals. It was an encouraging experiment.