The conditioning for the Bay ridge trail ride is relentless, load all my gear on the bike and ride the tallest hills , find the next tallest hill and repeat. When it rains too much, I climb the stair stepper, pedal intervals on the spin bike and run up 7% grades on the treadmill, Will this be enough? only my mind will know. I have aches, pain, blisters, and sores in new places every day. This is all very troublesome and can make me think, what have I got myself into? Who thought of this crazy idea? My mind got me into this, now it is time to condition the conscience, the body will heal, but it is my mindset that will carry me over the mountain and over the next.