So if you have been paying attention you know that I entered my first road race last year and I just happened to win my class. This didn't sit too well with the local TriGuy that had also entered the race. Considering that mano y mano he is a considerably stronger rider than myself I was quite proud of my accomplishment. To add insult to injury I submitted a story to Road Bike Review magazine about my triumph and they published it in the Nov/Dec 2009 issue. So now TriGuy has been on a mission to destroy me any chance he has. He told me he has a copy of the article on the wall of his training room as motivation. That's fine with me. He has no life other than training and I'm not too serious when it comes to riding - I ride, I don't train - so him crushing me will be no big deal but I do have a tad bit of pride.
So anyway, last Wednesday night a lot of the hammers showed up and I knew I was in for a hurtin'. But it was worse than that - it was decided to do the rollers loop and there is this gradual uphill slope before the corner where you turn onto the rollers. I was off the back before corner. I pressed on by myself and as I was feeling sorry for myself and licking my wounds as I rode alone something dawned on me. I have been so consumed with weight loss - the goal is 165-169, I'm down to 177 from 203 and today I wore a dress shirt to church that I haven't worn in 15 years - I haven't taken a rest week in a while and I guess I was just really fatigued. But the bad weather since the last couple of days has been a blessing in disguise and has kept me off the bike since Wednesday.
So today even though it is pretty cold and windy I decided I had better ride some of my over indulgence at the Easter Buffet off. I did a 20 mile loop with a door to door average of 19.42 mph. That's pretty exceptional for me considering that that is around what we average on group rides around here. Also I had a huge headwind on the return leg. But the big thing is that I did the whole ride in the drops. That's huge for me. I've never been comfortable in the drops and usually can only ride about 1/4 mile at a time in the drops. I really worked on my form at the beginning of the year (when I bought a trainer) and it seems to be paying off. I still have no delusions of catching TriGuy asleep at the wheel again but after today I feel a lot better about things.
Oh, and it started snowing as soon as I completed my ride.
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