Saturday, June 11, 2011
19 more days til the start of Masters Nationals
I was looking on the Ontario Cycling Association website last week and the tech guide was up for nationals..wow…Instant nerves…Interesting…I’ve now done the time trial course on three different weekends. Twice with marshals and the other time for more practice on certain sections that I thought were going to be problem areas. Of course I’ve had all different kinds of weather for the three times that I have been on the course. First time it was cold and with not much warm up to do the 2 laps of the course. Next time on the course it was a practice session and fog and drizzle was on tap for this time. Almost a 100k on the course, 2 full laps of the course, and then shorter laps to go over some problem areas. The most recent time was the second time with marshals and police at the corners and cross streets. This time a storm rolled in just as I was supposed to start. I was the first rider off for the day at 9am. They had the full set up for the race start house ramp and everything. Was not nervous coming off of the start ramp cause I have done it before and I find it quite fun coming of a ramp to start the race instead of just a hold. Well even before the race had started we had almost a full-blown storm happening. Thunder, lightening and rain for all the laps. It got dark enough for the street lights come on. It was a wild time on the bike. Rain so hard that I couldn’t see. Lightening so close that I was seeing little sparks of light next to me. Even with all of this kind of weather I had renewed faith in myself going into the corners that I really wasn’t slowing down that much going in and out of them. I was able to get around the course for 2 laps and reduce my time again on the course, which I was extremely happy about. Let’s hope the weather is much nicer day of the big race. Please oh please.
Next race K-W classic.
til next time.