Wednesday, September 19, 2012
At this point I put it in a little gear and went a pace that I knew I could sustain the entire way. The only people who passed me were fast dudes who had taken a wrong turn...bummed for them. I rode down most of Farlow until it turned into a creek. The water flowing down was incredible. I walked and was ok with that. In fact, after the race someone commented that I had good hike a bike technique, cool.
The ride down Farlow was a blast, I didn't get passed until the bottom and was able to pass 2 people. I hit the rest stop, got a pb and j and a coke, filled up on water and rolled out. It was starting to warm up and I didn't want to run out of water. Up Davidson River Trail with about 8 miles to go, I was feeling good. Once the climb started, I could feel fatigue and twinges of cramps setting in. I put my heartrate on autopilot and spun gears that would keep my body temps in check, pushing a little when I could but mostly maintaining a steady pace. I didn't see anyone until near the top of the climb, someone was slowly reeling me in. I tried to pick up the pace a little bit, but considering how I was feeling, and that we have 3 days left to race, I figured I should not push it.
We had about 1.5 miles left, a quick downhill onto Hwy 276, then a steep grunt climb that gradually leveled out. The guy caught me and sprinted past as we hit the pavement ( I found out later he thought that was the finish) but then kept drilling it. I figured that if he had what it took to keep that pace to the finish, then it was all his. I kept my pace then noticed that he was slowing. I picked up my pace a little bit, and he slowed some more. I reeled him in and he stopped and got off the bike. I didn't stop, I was racin'...... to the finish.
I found out that I had place 4th in my category, and was elated. I don't break the top ten very often, much less the top five.
After hanging out for a little while I took the parkway route to get home.
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Posted by Stephen at 8:33 PM