It was a beautiful day for a ride but still a bit cold. That was enough to make us extra happy standing around the fireplace after returning home.
Now it's time to rest up for the remainder of the day and prepare to be dropped tomorrow at Mingo Creek.
It's finally getting to the time of year that we can start riding outside again. Maybe not every day(yet) but soon enough. I got out for about 2 hours this morning. Temps were in the 60's and the sun was shinning. There was a 15mph wind from the south west that made the trip home a bit more challenging than normal.
Thanks to Rich for helping us out with an awesome maintenance workshop. A great turnout on Friday led to a bombardment of questions for Rich as he showed everyone proper techniques in bike maintenance. Everyone who attended was sure to learn something and meet someone new with a common interest. IUP Cycling Club is very thankful to Indiana Cycling and Fitness for this event and is looking forward to a great first semester. Check us out on the web at www.people.iup.edu/tkcn.
It was a nice ride and there were lots of people out on bikes. I think today was the first day the parkway was reopened for cars. I must have seen 25 cyclists (8-10 pros) and only 10 cars. All of the riders were going the opposite direction so I had no one to ride with. I guess maybe I need to switch my loop so I go the same way. If I did that and started riding with those guys they may reverse their loop to get away from me.
I started the ride doing intervals for the first hour and then did tempo for the rest. Overall I rode for just about 2 1/2 hours on a beautiful day.
The first races of the year have begun...but only for our token, grits eating Southern-Boy. For the rest of us...we patiently wait for the Mingo Road races to begin...so we can be reminded yet again, that indoor stationary training is meaningless :(
Until then, I leave you with this winter image of us printed in the Butler Eagle Newspaper.
Just got home from the Sonny Hutchins Memorial Criterium. I did the Cat. 1,2,3 race. Normally I wouldn't stand a chance but it was on a 1/3 mile stock car oval with banked turns. The race was 60 laps(20miles) long. I started the race in my usual position, at the back. It wasn't really on purpose, but when we were 15 laps into the race I just happened to look behind me to see how many people were back there and there was no one. I was just happy to be hanging on because I didn't use my inhaler today and my lungs were really feeling it. I knew after the initial rush my lungs would be fine and continue to improve the longer the race went on. I figured it didn't matter very much because this was all gonna come down to a sprint anyway. Eventually I moved up through the field and I must say, I did a fine job. Not once did I ever have to put my nose to the wind to move up. I just followed wheels and waited until the end. I guess I picked pretty good and followed a guy from Nature's Path and he pulled me up the outside of the pack. All seemed to be going well until the last turn when we were riding 3 wide and I was moving up. Then the guy to the inside of me couldn't hold his line and started drifting outwards into me and I was blocked on the outside and didn't really have anywhere to go. I ended up having to not pedal the final corner and slow down to prevent the crash but I then I was going much too slow for the sprint to the line that was only 3oo yards away. I started my sprint and ended up 9th place overall. I don't know where I finished in the Cat. 3's, I'll post that when I find out. Not bad for my first sprint of the year and I'm not just talking about sprinting in race conditions. I haven't sprinted all, maybe I should work on that;-)