Today was 38 miles with 6000ft of climbing in 3:07. I intentionally hiked my bike up a 1/2 mile section of jeep road (and stopped to talk to my wife for a minute who was out pushing the boys in the double stroller... up the same jeep road) I did this with the thought of Leadville and the possibility of similar things happening on St Kevins at mile 6. It didn't really kill my ride time as I still averaged just over 12mph for the ride on a much hillier route than Leadville. I'm trying to calm my nerves and relax about starting with 2000 (yes, it's 2000) other cyclists where it's going to be crazy important for me to relax and not get in a hurry. The consensus of folks who have given me advice (thank you) leads me to think I'll lose maybe 10:00 because of the corral start... I can live with that. I have to live with that or I'll die doing something dumb to make up that 10:00.
Today, tomorrow and Thursday are my last 3 days to really push the training. We're heading to a friends cabin for the weekend. Here and here are pics I took from the trip we made last year. I'm turning 40 in a few weeks and all I asked for for my birthday was a weekend in that cabin again. After Leadville we're going back up again too!