Yesterday I went out for a quick ride to get used to the altitude. Here in SLC we are 1,500m so you can start to feel a difference in air density.
My brother in law very kindly loaned me one of his bikes (yes, he has the desease as well), a Specialized hard tail. I put on my VCSenlis uniform and headed for the canyon. I set out while it was still fresh in the morning and headed for the American Fork Canyon. On the way up the first section is asphalt and I was pushing hard because I wanted to keep up with the quickest of the road bikers (there were A LOT of bikers going up the canyon on Saturday!!) so I really got my heart rate up. Once I got to the turnoff into the trail I took it a little easier.
I climbed for 2:00hr for a total elevation gain of 800m and then bombed down in 35mins!