Day: March 14, 2009
|Great race today. The weather was really cold and I wasn’t ready for the cold but lucky me I had my rain jacket and a IP skully in my bag.
I warmed up by heading up the ridge and down the whoops, and checked out the start. it was warming up alill but still cold. I took the hat off while lining up but kept the jacket. We did this odd nuetral start which took us out a fire road and into single track… well stuffing all those people in a single track wasn’t good and it backed up bad! I tried to fight forward but it had to go single file. Thru the start finish I was like well there goes my good start….
From now on I’m getting up in the front with the pros/experts…. We head up to the top of milatary climb and then down it, back around and start heading toward the bridges climb.
I really like this climb as it is tech at the bottom and weeds out people who maybe fit but can’t handle their bike. I had a guy in front of me who didn’t look that tech savy so I red lined it to pass him right before the first switch back and don’t ya know it he dabbed and held a ton of people up on the 2nd switch back 🙂 (score one for scott) Up the rest of the climb it hurt but I was moving good, down the main descent I couldn’t see a thing my damn glasses were all fogged up!
I got down and on the next climb I got them off and in my pocket. Now the sun came out… great and I’m sweating like crazy with this jacket on I open up the zipper and my jersey zipper, pull up the sleeves its better but not great. I hit the tunnel of love and the damn jack pops open like a parachute….. damn it.
I zip it back up and just deal with it. I’m cruising and feeling good, the 2nd lap I picked it up a bit and def was faster up the switch backs and pushed hard up top. I flew down the descent this time as I cool see 🙂 up the ambulance road I kept in in middle ring and pushed hard (feeling almost sick at the top and alill light headed…) down the tunnel of love and back in. Lap 1 36 mins lap 2 35 mins….
I was feeling ok, I took that damn jacket off and I was SOAKED! but it felt great. I grabbed my camel back and GPS and went and did a 3rd lap def at a slower pace. I cleared everything and gave some encouraging words to some of the expert riders still out on course (mainly a SS guy that was hurtin) Great stepping stone for Los Olivos.
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