I almost made it to mid-year before falling behind on my New Year’s Resolution. But, last week was roughly an 18-hour training week for me, I’m going to give myself a bit of a break (and ask that you would too.)
This weekend, I returned to racing for the State Championship Time Trial in Tenino, Washington, which is 2 hours south of Seattle. Kevin and I grabbed some coffee on our way and the barista asked why the race was so far away (I guess people get curious when you are in a coffee shop at 7:15 am on a Sunday.) I told him because they’re no people out there, which means less traffic to upset.
That comment came right back around to bite me. With less than a minute before my race started, a car pulled up and yelled at us all to use a road with bike lanes. Ugh! I told the driver to enjoy his day, but what a dummy! The whole reason we were out there was to avoid people like him. Roads have bike lanes because they are BUSY—not exactly the place you want a few hundred racers going as hard as they can. (Wow. I do a lot of venting here, don’t I? Better than getting in a shouting match, I guess.)
Anyway, TT race reports are pretty boring—I started hard, tried to shove all feeling of intense pain deep down and continued to go as hard as I could until I was done. I was really sore from a 5-hour tempo ride and brick run on Saturday, so I had low expectations on how I would do … or not do.
I’m not sure why I haven’t embraced it wholeheartedly yet, but I am getting pretty good at riding my bike. Coach wanted my time to be as close to 1 hour as I could for the 40K (24.85 miles). My time was a course PR for me, 1:01:31, and fast enough for second place in the cat 3 field. (Approximately 24 mph.)
The State Championship medals are pretty small, but I was so proud to earn that silver medal despite the overbearing blanket of fatigue I’ve been living under for about a month. I’m encouraged by what might be possible when I finally get to crawl out from under it all and pour out everything I have onto the roads and trails of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Unreal that it is only 19 days away!
I also have been testing a TON of stuff lately:
·breakfast – bars vs. real food
· sunscreen options
· tri shorts
· anti-chafing combos
· shoe laces
· socks vs. no socks and sock thickness options
· aero bottles
· tubular wheel changing
· bike computer screen settings
I’m working on making sure I have the best combo of fast and comfy. My trusty bike is at the bike shop right now getting her race tune!!