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Fox Hollow – McBeth w/A Turtle and a Cock


Finally got out to Fox Hollow this afternoon and I have to say it is a much better climb on a sunny 70 degree day than a rainy 40 degree day.  The ride was great.  Took off at about 5:00 pm from the University and since this acted as my commute home I was also toting my backpack which was full of clothes and stuff, so for this ride I was about 15 lbs heavier.  My goal for the ride was to keep my overall average pace above 15 mph.  I figured if I can do this on this route of about 30 miles with 1600 feet of climbing and a 15 lbs back pack on I should do fine on the double metric century’s I am doing on August 5/6 that have a combined total of 6500 feet of climbing.

I got started a little slow mainly because I seem to hit every red light on the way out of town.  By the time I hit Fox Hollow I was already over 5 minute miles at 5:11; in the end I think this was a good thing because it motivated me to hit the hill hard.  This is a fairly new hill for me as it is only the second time I have climbed it so I was unsure on exactly where to hammer and where to cruise but I did remember from the last time that the last section before MacBeth is pretty steep.  So I knew I had to conserve some energy.
The climb went great, even got to pass a few people on the way up, always motivating!  Passing people on a hill is so different than passing people on the flat.  Passing on a flat is pretty much a cruise interval where you just maintain the same cadence and speed, where as,  on a hill maintaining the same cadence is a little harder because hills always have some undulation to them.  This requires you to know exactly what gear you are in and how many you have left until you hit the granny gear.  For this very purpose I usually don’t climb long hills in the lowest gear, I try to stay a couple below so I have that refresher when I need it or the grade gets to steep.  I was particularly surprised when I reached the top of MacBeth and looked at my pace and found I had actually decreased my average by 21 seconds so in essence I climbed a 7 mile hill that gains 1500 feet at a faster pace than I was going on the flat through town with stop lights, amazing.
The remainder of the ride was a very fast downhill with a couple of tricky corners and then a 10 mile flat stretch back to the the car and head home.  One thing I don’t understand about this ride is:  How did a Turtle get to the top of Fox Hollow and what was it doing up there with the Rooster.  Yes this is not joke, about a 1/2 mile before the turn down I came across a large tan rooster and a mid sized turtle in the middle of road having a stare down with each other.  I am not sure if a fight was about to happen or if they were just trying to figure people out.  It was pretty funny.  It made me think of that show on the discover channel where they simulate two animals fighting it out with computer simulations and see who the champion would be.  So I ask who would win the Cock or the Turtle?  The other odd thing about this day was that this turtle was the second I had seen and what do you know I didn’t take a picture of this one either.
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