This TT is great. It has really become a RI "spring classic" for me (and I bet a lot of others). The time to test your fitness not just against others, but see if you can keep your HR in the 190ies for 45 mins w/out throwing up after a winter of...well what ever it was that you did over that period. The course is fun and challenging enough to pack a punch if you don't plan your efforts carefully, especially in the beginning three miles.
I always get a little over exited when the race season is starting, which the B-game TT is the start of. I love my wife and kids dearly and wouldn't want a thing different. My work is good too and have nothing to complain about. But riding is really the icing on my great cake of life, and racing is that damn cherry on top (i actually hate cherries). Racing is riding on steroids!
|Rich killing it at the TT|
|SteveO coming through!|
|Freddie working it!|
The rest of the race went w/out a problem. I did dab once on the log/puddle/rock climb, but after that it was mostly fire roads and the bridges. The bridges were dry so everything was easily rideable. My finishing time was 45:18. Last year's time was 44:27, but many racers thought this year's course was a little slower. I think we were maybe all a little slower because it has been a colder and longer winter. At any rate, I felt a lot better this year, and even though the time doesn't reflect it, this year's race felt a lot more fluid. I finished 8th out of 26, and I hate to be so shallow, but really it's all about beating Freddie and Steve...that be my icing on the cherry!
|Who knows what the hell I was thinking there...|