I finished 4th on our Friday World Championships lunch ride/race. Haha. Don’t be too impressed. Nobody takes it too seriously, but it was some serious fun. We started out slow, easing our way into a series of attacks. I played it cool and conserved my energy. I found myself at the front as we descended towards the bottom of the reservoir. I was cornering around Oak Glen and nearly took myself out by coming into contact with a rock, which caused my wheel to skip a bit, not to mention my heart. I held on and jumped onto the back of the speeding freight train of riders. I stayed there long enough and continued to be patient. One by one everyone mounted their attacks, but I kept it cool, knowing I didn’t to fizzle at the very end. The sprint to the finish line is on a hill, which is where I put in my own dig.
Thursdays are funny. What’s supposed to be our tempo day usually turns out to be an all-out hammerfest by the end. Today was no exception. I think it’s with the Southern headwind we’ve been battling all week, the moment we get a nice tailwind it’s game on, having to hang on for dear life as the surges carry us faster and faster down Uvas road.
My legs feel pretty good, and I should be in great shape for the race(s) this weekend. I haven’t decided which one I’ll do, but I’m leaning towards one up in Cool, CA, just north of Granite Bay where a couple of my races have been the past few weeks. The other is down near Monterey at the CCCX series. Those aren’t as exciting to me since the course is really just a CX course. It’s fast and fairly flat, but I’m not looking forward to getting any more poison oak this year.
Everyone was feeling rather sparky today. We set a blistering pace along Willow Springs, and I was feeling really great. As we neared the top of the gradual climb, the halfway point of our ride, my coworker touched wheels and went down hard. We all stopped, helped him up and waited a bit for him to catch his breath. It was alarming, but it happens, more often going uphill. That’s just how fast we’re hauling in the A group. He was alright. We started to coast the backside and we were full-gas. I got caught behind a couple of riders that fell off the back on the long stretch back. The headwind was mighty. I tried to chase them down, but I had to dial it back. I spent the last 8 miles battling the headwind solo.
I’m in full swing to my mountain bike season, starting off with a string of wins. I couldn’t resist getting back onto my bike at lunch time, especially since the weather seems to be holding up. I gradually peeled off the main group and spun by myself. I’ve got another race this coming weekend, so I’ve got to gauge my effort closely this week.
Testing my legs out prior to my race this weekend. Thursdays are our ‘tempo’ days, which was good for me to slowly ease back into a higher pace. I punched it up a short climb to make sure I’ve got that pop in my legs. All systems go. Hopefully the weather holds and that I’ll be able to get in a couple more opener rides before Sunday.
Man, I just couldn’t hang in there, granted the weather was pretty bad. I’m still recovering from the weekend, and I didn’t feel like I needed to push myself through the rain and massive headwind. Instead I peeled off the group and spun my way back to the office. Kudos to all my coworkers for trudging through on the Bailey loop.
Another Wednesday, another Bailey blast. This time I was at the front until the group split on the usual hill. I almost made it back onto the lead, but gave up knowing my legs weren’t at 100%. It was fun giving chase, but on the flat section back to the office. My legs definitely need more rest.
I should have listened to my body. I was aiming to get in more miles this week, knowing I’d be going out of town, missing a couple days of riding. I went out with the normal Tuesday crew, but fell of the back as the wind began to pick up. I couldn’t hang on the paceline, suffering for a few miles back to the office.
The sun was shining, and I couldn’t pass up a day without riding. I needed to smooth and slow my roll after my double race win weekend. Jumping on my Roubaix SL4 I rode out to Tiburon on a nice and relaxed recovery spin. My legs felt pretty good, and it was the right idea to spin them out for some active recovery.
Happy Valentines day everyone. I got out a bit early for a special lunch ride, prepping for a double-down weekend of mountain bike racing. Tomorrow I’ll be at the second CCCX, and on Sunday I hope to have enough in the tank to pull through at Granite Bay for the MTB Challenge. I haven’t done back to back races before, but I’m hoping my fitness will carry me through the weekend with some success. Despite having a stressful week at work and lack of sleep I’m feeling pretty good.