Bury My Heart
My training plan calls for a weekly time trial on Skyline Dive so I'm using Crista's "Bury My Heart On The Blue Ridge", but it's anything but weekly at this point. The last time I did it with the group, it took me 9 hours and 30 minutes to finish, that included a lunch stop. Two weeks ago, I did the ride in 8 hours and 50 minutes. The water fountains on Skyline Drive were shut down (I'm guessing for winter), so I spent some time hunting for water and then re-hydrating. I think that when the water fountains are operational, I can knock about 40 minutes off my time (that was the time spent off the bike) getting me awful close to 8 hours for 100 miles. My goal is to drop another hour off of that time before RAAM.
I'm not sure how much climbing this route has, but it's a lot. I'll let you know when I get the battery replaced on my Altimeter watch.