03 May 2011

commute | Pacific Raceways CR

Sleep 6
Waking HR  
Body Weight  
Body Fat  
Breakfast 7:00 AM – cereal
10:30 AM – yogurt, tea
Workout Food water
Therapy stretching – 20 min
sauna – 15 min
Time of Day race – 7:00 PM
Workout Type race
Weather low 50s, dry, light wind, mostly cloudy
Course race – clockwise up the escape road
Distance commute – 9 miles
race – 20 miles
Time race – 50 min
Results Masters
1st prime – pack
2nd prime – pack
finish – pack
Equipment commute - Town Bike
race - Road Bike
39/53, 12-25
Zipp 404 wheels
Clothing race - knit shoe covers, knee warmers, bib shorts, Craft long sleeve undershirt, short sleeve jersey, arm warmers, Polypropylene gloves, cap

A dry day! With glee I hopped on my commuter and plunged down Capitol Hill to work.

ASIDE – I think I have one of the coolest commutes around. I get to drop down Interlaken (which is currently closed to cars!) and then take the trail under 520 thus avoiding traffic and finally I get to ride pas all the cherry blossom on the UW campus. If I ever complain slap me.

Driving down to the race it rained! We were all like, "It's raining, guess what day it is..." Thank goodness it cleared up by the time we got to the track and there wasn't even any standing water. yes!

The field was big again, this is great! Keller Rohrback was there, Starbucks was there, Audi was there, Garage Racing was there, Old Town Bicycle was there, Cucina Fresca was there and of course we were there.

There were a few probing attacks early on but nothing with any sincere effort behind it. When the bunch is this big you need to commit or you WILL be caught. As I was looking for the right combo to go so I could join them I was impressed with how often Chandler L (Audi) was trying to make it happen... way to go.

The first prime came and went and finally a move formed that looked promising. It had riders from almost every team in it including Dave H but no, it was brought back in pretty short order – like one lap.

With a three laps to go I tried to get away and was joined by no less than three Garage riders but that was doomed to fail as we needed at least one other team and for some reason people were not willing to ride hard enough.

With the bell coming up I got to the front as we climbed the hill and at the top looked back to see the field was pretty much single file. Knowing that this finish is good for Dave I had nothing to lose so we for it. And I was joined by none other than Tricia B. Nice. We proceeded to ride away from the field around the right hand turn.

ASIDE – Tricia had been in at least one other move of note tonight.

Sadly we didn't have enough horsepower to stay away and got caught at the top of the descent. Rats. From here I drifted to the back as everyone swarmed the front vying for position. In the end Dave got 2nd and was beaten by this guy from Tacoma.

Note to self: watch this guy next week.

Good times and good racing. I still don't have the strength to power away from this pack but 1) the pack is faster than in years past and 2) I am slowly getting stronger. I also need to attack more to create more opportunities for myself. Duh.

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