Saturdays race was as good as I could expect with no long rides under me. I choose the brakeless fixie as my weapon of choice, 1. for the shear pain factor, 2. I thought it might get shitty out there and it did:) 42x18 was my gear choice with some 700x32 Small Block 8's to roll on. What a day! Kent and Jed have a great start and finish at the Cummings Tap, with some of the best damn up and down gravel in Iowa on the many surrounding miles:) Many, many, many thanks to Bob and his Mom, Kent and Jed, all the volunteers, Ryan V for the beer at the halfway point, all my Rassy teammates and of course Rasmussen Bike Shop. The Fugi looked sexy and clean at the start.
The Race: I simply wanted to finish and keep my HR in the 150's for an average. I'm not doing to many races this year. Riding/racing my way into shape is how I'm rolling this year. This training ride/race would turn out to be painful in some ways:) Felt good almost all of the first half, pace, pace, pace was the plan and I was sticking to it pretty well. Letting Shockey and Blake go on the climb where they broke up the pack we'd just caught was tough. Had I TRIED to hang with the youngn's I would have been burning more matches then I wanted and most likely would have bailed at Cummings Road. Like some did. The 3 miles before the halfway check point I started getting some tight/wanting to lock up crap going on in the inside of the knee on my right leg. By the time I got to the halfway point where I knew Ryan was packing beer I'd pretty much made my mind up to pull the plug. My throat glands where starting to swell and the knee thing sucked. After a beer, some chatting, then stretching and thinking of Trans Wisconsin...... I decided suffer on. Well the last half of the course was starting to THAW out, so I had no problem walking 4 or 5 of those hills. The wind was sucking but I was smiling just happy to be basking in the sunshine:) I had a rabbit that I was chasing....that damn Maria. See she left the halfway while I was still swilling on me beer. I really thought I would catch her, but alas I did not. It wasn't for the lack of trying:) Awesome job Maria! Funny the whole route was marked perfect with these orange arrows on all the turns, I never once had to look at my route slip. But within the last 4 miles of the race one arrow was red and pointed straight, some cooter trying to confuse us....it worked on some. I followed the tracks which turned right up 30th:) In the last mile or so Skogen catches me with a cramp so bad I had to get off and walk it a bit. Jumping back on for the big guys draft up the finial north run to the pub. We were done and I was freaking starving/toasted. Ended up with a 5:03 time and 28th overall. Kept the HR Avg. at 155 with a MaxHR of 189. Mission accomplished!
checking in at the finish.
a not so clean Fuji.
Next up is the Bonebender...I'd better get to riding if I want to even compete:)