Hauled myself out of bed at 0505, ate breakfast, and rode up to work. Making this a habit will be fabulous training, in the ~15 miles up here (a very rough guess) there’s almost 1.5k of climbing, and about 4oo’ of descent. My legs are still roughed up from skiing saturday, and never really loosened up. The steep final dirt rollers were tough.

The byproduct is that I feel great. Both physically, aching legs aside, and psychologically to have a good hour plus of hard cycling in the bag first thing. Bonus, the long steady paved grade will be good training for the swells of Iowa.

I also slapped the Nanos on the Monkey, first time in a month or more I’ve used ’em. Fast, and unsurprisingly tiny-looking in the fork.