Climbing the Mt Washington Auto Road on a bike with two wheels is a very challenging feat, climbing it with one wheel might be borderline crazy. But that’s what I will be doing next weekend for Alton Weagle Day! If, well, when I make it to the summit, I will be the first female to unicycle up the Mt. Washington Auto Road. I decided I would try the climb only a few weeks ago, now I am wishing this idea popped into my head a few months ago, but I know I’m not racing so I’ve accepted the fact that I’m not going to break any records. I don’t consider myself a unicyclist by any means, I learned when I was in 8th grade, literally overnight. My friends and I stayed up all night in my basement playing pool, ping ping and hanging out. I picked up my bike and went from pole to pole for most of the night. That morning I rode the entire 1/4 mile of our dirt road! From there I would just pick it up every so often. The last time I unicycled was last summer trying to teach my mom, which didn’t go so well, but we had a great time. Flash forward to today, and I’m attempting the Toughest Hillclimb in the World! Don’t worry I’ve been training, well not the way I should, but the way I have to. I’m a Triathlete so I know how the training cycle works, build, peak, taper. Being this close I should be tapering not building, but I figure it’s better to see what I’m in for, than to use the little time I have getting miles in on the saddle. My first attempt was with my own unicycle, which was very difficult because it was way too small. Thanks to Dave Harkless at Littleton Bike and Fitness, the climb is much easier now on my new unicycle. Today was my 4th training ride, all of which have been on the hill, which again is not the best way to build, but we’ve established I’m skipping the first phases of training. I should mention I’m not going to be the only staff member attempting a first on Alton Weagle Day, co-worker and good friend Sue Wemyss is going to roller ski, classic style to the summit as well. Never heard of roller skiing? Check it out here. Sue and I drove up to 2 mile park this morning and started our climb to the 5 Mile grade, which is gravel to see how our equipment would fair.
Hopefully by next Saturday the gravel will be a bit more firm and I won’t come off the bike. I met up with Sue and we walked back down to the car, which is harder on your body than going up. I’m feeling more and more confident each time I ride the road. I know it’s going to be a slow process but knowing in the end what I will have accomplished will be so worth it. Pray for a clear day on May 28! -Meg