Rode the Cycling Classic again this year – it’s timed, but not in a typical fashion. They open the course at 7am and you’re charged with doing as many laps as you can before 10:10am, where they call last lap and clear the course.
Last year I’d done it with a Garmin which I’d reset and not properly set up, so I was concerned about finishing the six laps in time. Turns out I did well, averaging 19.5 mph and getting my six laps in with forty minutes to spare. Could have done another one (time) if I had the energy (which I didn’t).
The course was different this year, and seemed a bit harder to me. Bit more climbing and while they eliminated a crazy 90 degree turn at the bottom of a hill, we had more climbing and lap times were about the same despite being shorter.
It’s a bit different for me to go >2:50 without stopping, so it’s certainly a bit of an endurance game! Do plan to keep doing it, even if it wipes me out for a bit.
As with anyone else in the East, Winter 2014 hasn’t been all that kind. It’s been hard to get the miles in, even if they’re just base miles with no intended pace.
I’d picked up a fatbike (Surly Pugsley SpecOps) late last year, so that offered some relief. I figured out how to dress for the teens or below, and managed to stick with it and avoid the trainer most of the time.
Posting this now so I can look back on it in a couple of months when I have warm commutes (6am) and snow is a distant memory.