Raced Team Time Trial w/ Jesse, Nick and Conrad last night at Cold Springs. Great experience for all of us:
- Warm up more than 15 minutes next time vs. racing to make start time and starting in the yellow if not the red! (particularly hard on an old man whiner like me who has really been noticing positive results from good long focused warm ups this year before hard efforts . . . like an old car engine I need the gradual warm up!!)
- Riding through pot holes on TT bike on the rivet w/ big wind and trying to draft/etc. not as easy as it looks on TV . . .
- Managing efforts across teammates w/ varying power thresholds really interesting formula to tinker on . . .
Overall we sort of maybe won so that is cool (I say sort of maybe cuz Clover finished like 20 seconds faster but did not have the required minimum of three finishers but rumor is a real-time rule change might only require two finishers? Whatever don’t care about that more the experience of the above . . .
After TTT the real madness began when a massive steel shank blew Jesse’s L rear car tire apart on I-80 driving home . . . the noise made us think one of our bikes was about to launch so terrifying! I hear tire fixes are cheaper than TT bikes so a relative ‘phew’. The tire change was damn near NASCAR style w/ the team which was cool. I documented (i.e. didn’t do shit). Photos below. Props to the team on the quick fix. Then, we got back to our meeting place where we had all parked for carpool – and Nick’s car was gone! We thought it was stolen and were trippin . . . then Nick called the cops and learned it has “just” been towed/impounded. That sucks less than stolen, but still sucks. Another relative ‘phew’. Easy for me to say . . .