Monday, March 31, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Remember this poster? Ya, me too...makes me feel old. Anyway...
For the second time this season Mother Nature has added an obsticle to one of our classic bike race courses. Yesterday at Bariani the wind was howling. It made the winds at Snelling, earlier this year, seem like a gentle breeze. And like the Snelling race, once dropped many a rider packed it in early rather than grind out the miles alone.
I was a little eager to start the suffering and wasted some valuable energy early. After getting gapped right after the climb, it was a long slog to finally reconnect with the main pack. The second time it happened I knew I wouldn't reconnect. I considered calling it a day but decided to grind out another lap. I fell in with some other stragglers and we raced well together in all shapes of rotating pace lines. Once I was 'racing' again all thoughts of stopping vanished. Over the course of the next few laps we caught other cast offs, some latched on, others fell off.
In the end I finished 24th. It was brutal and fun...in a twisted, biker racer kind of way.
For you data junkies out there, my power output was almost identical to Snelling but the race was 30 minutes longer. 2300 Kcals burned in 2.5 hours of racing.
Friday, March 14, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
While I struggle to come to grips the randomness and the senselessness of Sunday's events I find myself wanting to supplant my sadness with anger. Like many of us, it's easier for me to be angry than sad. But in searching for someone to blame I find only victims - the riders, their close friends and families, the cycling community at large and yes, even the driver. And without a focal point for my anger I'm left to face the sadness.
Peace and be safe.