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2021 Mount Baker Hill Climb, a soggy and foggy effort

1:29:35, good for 16th overall and +6:08 behind 1st.


The 2021 @mtbakerhillclimb went off on Sunday morning with a lot of rain at the start.  I started steady and did what I needed to stay with the group over the shorter, shallower climbs in the first 11.7 miles, occasionally finding myself at the front.  The hardest selection point was between mile 4.7 and 6.3 which demanded 356W average for 8:13 which netted an Xert breakthrough. I definitely felt like death and wanted to stop during that time period, but kept it together.  The long sustained climb was on the "Salmon Ridge Sno Park to the Top" Strava segment at 11.8 miles in. I moved to the front and started riding at the hardest pace I could sustain for the remainder of the race (~10.3 miles and 3000 feet of climbing). The attacks came shortly after. I squeezed out what I had left after the initial selection and reduced oxygen as I was climbing higher into the fog. Managed 294W average for the final 10.3 mile segment.



Overall wound up 16th, 1:29:35, +6:08 behind 1st, and 3rd in the 30-39 age group. Both placing and time back are improvements from 2019 (21st and +6:57). Overall time was 3 min slower than 2019, however my time on the "Salmon Ridge Sno Park to the Top" was nearly identical to my 2019 race with similar wattage. This is likely a function of the dynamics of the group on the rolling section. Start to base of climb in 2019 took 35:59, in 2021 it took 37:54, a difference of 1:55.



After the race did not pass go, did not collect $200 and went straight to the Baker Bus and got dry. Much better than waiting around for the next bus and being hypothermic after the 2019 effort.



Next up in two weeks is an event I’m going to dub “Tour de Will”. Because the 2021 Tour de Bloom in Wenatchee was cancelled, and because I could not cancel my plane ticket, I’m going to put it to good use.  Details will be in my next post.



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