>> Monday, June 09, 2014
Or, "The Showdown With the Race Director.
Or, "3.5 Miles Straight Up!"
This was the race that Trinona founder Dave Schutz invited me down to do. He talked a lot of trash about how he could beat me. (I announced the showdown last week in this post, and I responded to Dave's thoughts in this post.)
I got to Winona Saturday afternoon and got checked into the dorm at St. Mary's University where I was going to be spending the night.
Oh yeah... I brought out the "leisure suit" jersey again.
Well guess what? Dave made ME go off first, and then him and Andrew Dahl started 30 seconds behind me using me as their "rabbit."
Just 2 seconds after my start! (From the Trinona Facebook page.)
Working the flats before "the bluff."
Dave and Andrew back there trying to make up some time before turning up the hill.
Start of the climb.
Close up of that last photo: that lady was thrilled by my efforts. Obviously.
(And I was already looking for the top of the hill.)
More climbing. Gosh it's pretty when you're not fearing imminent death.
Close up of that last photo: 1 of the 2 spots I stood and hammered for a moment.
About to be passed.
Other people climbing, from the Trinona Facebook page.
The crowds at the turn off of Garvin Heights. (There were more to the left of the photo.)
2013 speed chart, minus the sharp drop in speed at mile 2.75.
From Instagram: "Finish line of the @Trinona TT."
Old man Schutz gasping for breath after his TT.
Steve Stenzel, Bib 246, 33, M
16.6 mph average
15 out of 60 overall
9 out of 23 in the "open male" division
David "Old Man" Schutz, Bib 242, like 100 or something, most likely M
16.5 mph average
We had a deal: something from the loser gets buried at the top of the bluff. Dave ripped off part of his race number to bury (along with a little of his dignity):
He's not thrilled about this.
Memorial to Dave's pride.
A step back to show the grave at the edge of the trees.
A few more steps back to show it buried among all the bikes.
Her hubby immediately tried to steal the coffee for himself.
• The course was a bit shorter this year. We didn't start up in the parking lot; we started a block or 2 lower down on the flats. So it was definitely a few seconds shorter this year... but I was still 11 seconds SLOWER this year. Dang.
• I hope to be back next year. Some of the first words out of Dave's mouth once he found out I beat him were "well NEXT year…" So stay tuned for that.
• Post-race pizza! One of the best ideas ever. (There was beer too.)
Seriously, I didn't pedal at all. I just rode the brakes at a few turns.