Or so the phrase goes, or something similar.
My hill repeats paid off today. Not that I’m feeling like superwoman on the bike this quickly, but I think the hill repeats were a good opener for tonight’s ride.
Everyone was lined up on the sidewalk and ready to go when I arrived at the shop. Usually they are more casually scattered, chatting, and waiting for the ride. It was also a nice day and everyone was feeling good about riding in the sun.
I found some good wheels and was able to hold on very well through the ride. I even held my own going up the first challenging hill. In fact everyone seemed to be slowing up where I was starting to hit it hard. (A tip from Steph.) Then I settled in for the remainder of the climb. I was surprised that I wasn’t watching everyone blow past me. And when I got to the top I started recovering, grabbed a couple wheels and just kept going. Man that felt good.
Now, before you think I’m this hill climbing superstar, please know I’m not. I probably won’t ever be. I’m just working harder at climbing. I’ll still get my butt kicked on the climbs, especially if they are long and/or steep. And the local group rides are nothing compared to what I’m going to see in a real race.
Some of the race team ladies were on the ride and it was our plan to pull back from the ride at a certain point and all ride together, which we did. We all had a blast working hard, taking pulls, and working on our climbing techniques. We were even feeling a little spunky on the last part of our ride and blew past a few stragglers from the ride we started out with. (We took a shorter route that brought us back to the orginal route.)
I’m happy to have survived the hill repeats and still have the legs for tonight’s ride. It will be a recovery day tomorrow with a good effort Saturday, but not too strenuous so I’ll have the energy for Sunday’s crit.
On a side note, I was watching CSI NY tonight after the ride and spotted a Masi. The eyes are trained. They even put this info about it on their website: http://www.masibikes.com/default.php?link=http%3A%2F%2Fcyclecollection.blogspot.com%2F2009%2F04%2Fmasi-on-csi-new-york.html