I’m still alive…that’ the news!!!
I was feeling well so when with some friends we realized that Saturday was the last day to do the Pass - bad weather started on Sunday - we decided to try! I was absolutely scared…25 kms, 9% on the average and peaks of 14%…with no flats at all…not even a 5 meters flat…it’s a continuous climb for damn 25 kms 48 turns in total.
The first thing I thought was "I must ask @Coach_Theia what to do, what to eat, which prayers I have to say, things like that. The evening before I should have eaten 90 gr of carbs…I thing I’ve eaten like 90 kgs…just to be sure I had the energy the day after!
The morning was awesome, nice weather and my legs were confident, more than the whole me, but, I’ve started pedaling.
We left from Prato allo Stelvio, I started pedaling smoothly, no pressure, without thinking about the 48 turns to go…thinking about the road as a ìn ally and not an enemy, like Theia told me! It worked!
The view is absolutely stunning, the first turns are in the middle of the wood and it’s the hardest part, those 14% incline segments are evil but there are a lot of cyclists and I had the chance to talk to many of them, time flies when you don’t think only to the road.
Almost in the middle I went out from the wood and I saw the last turns, the ones in the pictures Theia posted here…and yes, they are beautiful but in that moment I’ve realized I was only in the middle of the entire climb!!!
It’s tough, really tough…but the sun, the bike, the VIEW…I just kept pedaling and enjoying every turn to the top.
I arrived smiling, legs weren’t hurting at all, breath was regular…a miracle!!!
The training with Theia has paid a lot, I’m so happy I’ve decided to go with it! I’m posting few pictures I’ve taken.