Enter the Pain Cave (36 Chambers), a Six Gap/Three Gap Preview and Training Special

Cycling isn’t a game, it’s a sport. Tough, hard and unpitying, and it requires great sacrifices. One plays football, or tennis, or hockey. One doesn’t play at cycling.
— Jean de Gribaldy, Former Professional Cyclist and Directeur Sportif

Yes, I ripped off the title of the Wu-Tang Clan’s first album. Listen to it, for it will improve your life. While you’re at it, listen to all 90’s hip-hop, east and west coast. It’s so much better than the commercial garbage of today, except Old Town Road…

This episode is an event preview and a training special. I’ve climbed aboard the Wahoo KICKR, temporarily resigned myself to the pain cave once again, completed the 4DP Full Frontal Fitness Test on The Sufferfest, and now I’m ready to train to conquer the mountains of North Georgia from deep within the hurt locker.

We’re within two months of our annual, last-Sunday-of-September pilgrimage to Dahlonega, Georgia, where over 2,000 masochistic, Lycra-clad velo jockeys (just like you and I) will attempt the 31st edition of the Six Gap Century and Three Gap Fifty bike rides.

Cyclists will be rewarded with Georgia’s most breathtaking overlooks and mountaintop vistas; however, the only way to the top of the mountain is to suffer in silence and daydream about the spaghetti supper waiting for you at the finish line.

I’m going to share some history of Dahlonega, Georgia as well as my experiences from the 2018 Three Gap Fifty bike ride and my 4-week indoor training plan that’ll prepare my legs to slay Neel’s Gap, Jack’s Gap, Unicoi Gap, Hogpen Gap, Wolfpen Gap, and Woody’s Gap on Sunday, September 29, 2019! I also interviewed my buddy Ashley Parker, founder of Bike Effingham, to hear his thoughts on the gaps and his experiences from last year!

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