>> Wednesday, August 05, 2009
I finished class yesterday, ran to Menards to pick up some lumber, got my bike ready, and got ready to head out to the TNT Time Trial out near Maple Plain. I made a small sandwich for an early supper. The frozen piece of bread that I pulled out of the freezer was HORRIBLY freezer burnt - it had ice covering over half of it. Once I toasted it, the icy part was soggy and un-toasted, while the non-icy part had burned:
That’s gay. Our tips are touching.
We were supposed to be showing our bellies...
Matt didn’t get the memo.
Here I am clearing my computer, getting close to my start time:
I tried to stay easy up that first hill. Overall, I tried to stay easy on the entire way out - I wanted to go hard, but I didn’t want to have to end the TT “limping” to the line. I got a little depressed 4 minutes into my ride: the person who started behind me went FLYING by me when I was only 3:55 into my ride. “Damn. I’m gonna get totally owned tonight...” (Looking at the results later, that guy finished 5th with an average of 26.6 mph.)
• 1/4 done (mile 2.75): 22.3 mph average.
That was good so far. I wanted to pick up the pace by the end, but it was respectable at this point. Nearing the turn-around, I hadn’t been passed again. In fact, I was gaining on someone else. I passed her just before the turn-around. That was all my action for the day: got passed early in my race, and then passed someone about half way in.
• 1/2 done (mile 5.5): 22.3 mph average.
We turned back into the sun, and headed for home. My legs were starting to feel heavy. I only had a little Gatorade left (I started with about 1/3 of a bottle), and my mouth was DRY. I worked my way up and down the hills, and tried to stay consistent.
• 3/4 done (mile 8.25): 22.2 mph average.
Gah! My average dropped by 0.1 mph! I was hurting, but now I just had a few miles of pain left. Time to crank it all home. I saw the final hill coming up. I knew I had to get up that hill, and then crank down the hill on the other side towards the finish line. There was one problem: there was a tractor and baler on the road that I had to pass. As I was cranking up that last hill (at a solid 22.5 mph!), I had to swing wide and pass an old tractor and baler. The tractor was “running a little rich” as Matt would say, meaning it was spewing out the exhaust. That was a fun little job. I got around the baler, up the rest of the hill, and pushed my way home.
Matt had finished 20 minutes earlier. I said “hi” to him on my way out as he was headed back in, and he looked like he was working. Here he is coming to the finish with a 23.44 mph average:
I came rolling through the finish line with a 22.6 mph average.
Time: 29:17.07 (14:49 out, 14:27 back)
Speed: 22.54 mph
Place: 46 out of 65
This was Matt’s 4th TT, and he’s been getting better and better. Last night, he finished 36th with a 23.44 mph average. Nice!
I pulled up next to Matt, and we talked about the hellish ride:
Settle down: that’s just my water bottle...
We match everywhere we go. Gross.
Well, I’m off to teach class. Then I think I have a date with the pool! Happy Hump Day!