The AJ’s store is/was on the way to many of the popular training routes in the east Scottsdale / Fountain Hills area. Went down to AJ’s this morning, the one on the corner of Mountain View and Via Linda in east … Continue reading

New River / Tonto Hills Ultra Century

A 153 mile route, passing by Lake Pleasant, New River, Joy Ranch Rd, Spur Cross Ranch, Double Canyon Ranch, Carefree Towers / Tonto Hills, the climbs of Dynamite and Jomax, and the Hills of Via Linda. 6,000 feet of climbing … Continue reading

Ramping up the miles II

150 miles of weekend riding, spanning northeast Scottsdale to Tempe to the northwest valley. Another 3,200 feet of climbing. (My weekends seem persistent in that regard.) Though I haven’t reached a return to century riding yet, I did manage 80 miles on Saturday … Continue reading

Ramping up the miles

Combined route and profile for the weekend. 70 miles on Saturday, 57 on Sunday. Approximately 3,200 feet of climbing. When I signed up for Death Valley, I started mapping out in my head what kind of miles I need to … Continue reading

One Hill at a Time

A Fountain Hills / Hills of Via Linda climbing extravaganza and metric century, with over 3,100 feet of climbing. The popular Hummingbird climb in Paradise Valley was added as a bonus on the way home. Shoulder stabilization exercises in physical … Continue reading

Hill climbs added

I’ve added a few more hill climbs under the Mountain Pose pages: Hills of Via Linda (Desert Cove, Hidden Hills, and Scottsdale Mountain), Nine Mile Hill (Rio Verde Dr), and the Hills of Arcadia (Valle Vista — aka 56th St … Continue reading