Sunday, June 15, 2008
Happy friggen father`s day.......(sigh).
No doubt due to my lack of attendance the day was perfect for the 2008 Provincial road race in Riverport. The last couple days the wind was nasty but abaited over night.Good luck to all the competitors. I`ll plan to race Riverport next year (wink).
Perhaps, in hinesite, caring for the kids as my wife was scheduled a day shift today was a good thing. The club ride yesterday was hard,compounded by the gusty crosswinds. On the return to Bedford from Laurie Park I was dropped by the fast group after a pull on the front. I hammered solo a hundred yards off the back for several kilometres but was unable to gain ground on the pack of 6 riders.The winds at this point were mostly a tail/cross wind and I was pushing a big gear around 40kph but a solo rider trying to catch a paceline is difficult.
At one point an unknown rider who was drafting me on the chase assumed the pull which gave me a brief respite. Between that recovery and the lead group slowing for a traffic light I did eventually latch back on the group but was unable to stay in contact. They were all pushing hard and my legs were about toast after facing the headwinds out to Laurie Park and then the pursuit back to the group. I fell back and resigned myself to the solo trip back to the shop. My legs were roasted by the time I got home via the hills of Clayton Park. If anything it was a reminder that I am really not in race shape and that soothed my dismay at missing today`s race in Riverport. Nothing like a sharp dose of reality every now and then to keep an even keel.
That didn`t mean Sunday was a lost training day. After getting Chelsea`s breakfast this morning I did the Gym Duathlon. I ran to Nubody`s, did some compound weight exercises and core work then ran home via the hills of Fairview. Things I know.....I suffer at running hills as much as cycling them. Note to self - win lottery and move to Florida.
The plan was then to spend the afternoon on the deck soaking up the sun but 45 minutes into my sunbathing it clouded over. Alas.....it gave me the opportunity to plant my tomato plants and do some gardening.