Preparation: months of training, including rides up Massachusetts' most challenging rides, Greylock and Wachusett.
Today -- a truly glorious day. Sunny, no wind to speak of. 70's at the bottom, 50's at the top.
As Alex put it, the mountain is "relentless". 7.5 miles at 12% average grade, with 90% of the ride between 10-15%. You just grind. There is no other way to describe it. As Ron Washington described it in Moneyball, "It is Incredibly Hard".
James, Alex and I were all incredibly proud of our effort -- no stops, no walking, and finish times consistent with our expectations and hopes. Our bikes now sport spiffy stickers, "This Bike Climbed Mount Washington". A much more impressive sticker, IMO, than the pedestrian ones sported on cars!