Ok...I"m off topic. As I said, the quick departure from Paris Hill road was not as smooth as I had hoped.
Once we recovered from that stress...we enjoyed a pretty ride through rural Maine and NH and arrived in good time in Conway. I headed inside for my race # and start time. They had me in the Singlespeed category! Good thing I noticed!!! I don't even know what that means! (later, I did see the single speed bikes....that stuff is crazy!)
I met up with my friends Steve, Mary Lou, Nate and Kurt. It was great to see everyone and to have their advice.
We got our bikes ready to roll and headed off to warm up. My family headed off for more food. Yup...told ya. Every hour we're searching for more food around here.
The race started at 9:00 and every 15 sec. a racer started. I was told it was ~15 miles of false flats and gradual climbs with the final 6+ turning into hard uphilll forcing you into your small chain ring.
Ok...Just go for it.
9:33... I was off... Praying for my tires to stay inflated and the my legs to stay powerful.
I felt great. I didn't have my race wheels on or my aero helmet. I wanted power data and I basically spaced it on the helmet.
All I can really say is I worked hard. I was completely focused on keeping my cadence fast ( a newly discovered serious issue I have) and my power steady. I flew by a lot of people. And some fast fast men flew by me. I had my head focused on getting to mile 16 because of two things. That's where my family would be cheering me on and that's when the real climbing would begin.
Here I am coming up the hill to the mile 16 point.
riding by my gang. It was nice to be going uphill when I saw them because I could focus on smiling and saying Hi to the kids. Mark, Nat and the boys were there with encouragement and smiles. We had to stick our race #s on our sides because they do their own timing (no chips) and the timers with stopwatches had to be able to see them clearly at the top. I must say, it was crinkly and annoying in that spot..I really did notice it the whole way.
Nicholas--not sure if he looking for a 4 leaf clover or watching a bug.
At the Top with Steve (foreground), Mary Lou ( in the coat), Nat (blue shirt) and me.
With my guys...you can see how pretty it is there.