Sunday, April 8, 2012

Often get props for fitting two bikes in the Honda Fit. Super aero-dynamic.
Photo courtesy of J. Caditz :)
After a 4am wake up call, drove north Saturday morning to collect my bike and race in Monterey. Was pleased to feel as soon as I got on my bike, that everything felt, quite simply, better. Thank you, K, for the re-build!!!) Knew turnout at the race was likely to be low as it's a mellow local series, and I was right. Lined up with 4 ladies and ended up with 2nd, by about a minute. As I was solo Saturday, had no one to tell me where first was, and I think that might have been the umph I needed to at least give Niner's Katelyn Hill a run for her money, but c'est la vie. She's a super fast chick! Was really pleased with how my body felt. Wasn't sure what to expect after last Sunday's effort and the number it did on my always-unhappy right SI joint, but only had one day of intervals this week and a couple of light spins--plus two trips to my most amazing physical therapist and some fun with Kinesio tape--so was ready to rock. The course was fun--5 laps on a loop made up of about 15 minutes of climbing and 5 of descent. The first lap was painful as it included a very steep asphalt climb that was thankfully traded for some fun singletrack for the rest of the laps (and a 35 minute delay of the start to get an injured Cat 3 racer off course pretty much cancelled out my warm-up). But laps 2 and 3 I found my groove and was putting out some good watts, on 4 I lightened up just a bit as I could feel my legs tiring, and lap 5 I just put my head down and kept the pedals turning. Ended the day with  $40 bucks and a new friend. Not too shabby.


  1. Glad to see I'm not the only one who ignores the roof rack when the bike can rdie inside.

    I hate to admit it but I almost ate it big time on the first lap on that water bar where the beginner guy earned the ambulance call. After I followed you on the second lap I felt silly for not seeing the easy line over that. I was able to relax a huge amount after that since 90% of my anxiety was focused on that stupid thing. So thanks for the unintentional lesson.

    1. I know! Unless of course you've got a tailwind in which case the bikes work like sails. I got 50 miles to the gallon in the Fit on my way through Nevada a couple of summers ago.

      And I hear ya on the water bar. I was worked up about it too after hearing people talk about it and seeing how far apart their hands were when they tried to convey how big the drop was, but in truth it was nothing! Super easy to roll down the left side. Glad you couldn't tell I was a bit timid the firs time down, too. He he. Thanks again for bringing my bike down!