Saturday, August 30, 2008

Green Mountain Stage Race Prologue : Individual Time Trial

Well the day was finally here. There's not much you can say about a TT so I'll make it quick. Spent the morning on the lawn watching everyone hustle to their starts ( the race started at 8:30 am and I had a 1:01:00 PM start time) cleaning up the bike, and generally stressing in general. After confusing both the SRAM mechanics with the team's new Easton EC90 wheelset I realized that my SRAM cassette wouldn't fit it and I had to rely on my worn out Shimano cassettes for the duration of the weekend. Nothing I couldn't handle - went with the 12-23 for the mostly uphill TT.

Started hard, too hard. The TT climbs immediately for about 3 miles. I quickly put myself in position to catch the guy in front of me but he held on strong for most of the race. All of my points that I had scouted in the recon ride were a total blur. When I reached the top of the hill I was almost confused as to how I'd gotten there. I grinded down the descent, slower than I had hoped in spots, holding between 28-32 mph. Finally on the last dip I caught my 30 second man but boy did I pay for that. My lungs protested hard as I pushed the last 500 meters into the finish, rolled through the lines, and quickly emptied what little was in my stomach.

7th place, 15:35 - Right around my goal time, but just not fast enough (winner came in at 15:08) Still totally in the running for the GC, and ready to play it smart in the circuit and lay down the hurt in the RR.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Still Rollin'

Yeah I'm back out there. Where are you?