I normally do long races. minimum 12 hours. I did the now infamous ol' pueblo race a few weekends ago (hypothermia took me off the bike for over 10 hours) and decided maybe I should try something completely different. An uphill, 1/2 mile road time trial. I've never done a road event before. And I've never done a race that takes less than 4 minutes. but why not?
I rode my bike the 13 miles to the race venue, which is Jester Blvd, the most famous hill climb in Austin. There were all sorts of people warming up on trainers, and lined up for their turn at the hill. They even had a little start ramp so that you had a brief second of downhill before the road turned up. I had ridden the hill on Friday to make sure I could get up it (which I could) and I was feeling relatively relaxed (as relaxed as I ever am before a race). My goals for the race were two: finish in the top half over all, and don't barf at the top.
I didn't barf at the top! although others did. ack. It was very hard though, and my legs were burning far too early in the climb. I guess the warm up was a good idea, but maybe the waiting around for half an hour wasn't. I felt pretty good about it, but since people go at varying intervals, it was hard to know how I did.
They used chip timing, so the results were posted very quickly. It turns out there were only about 10 women in the race. And I won! What a fluke. I made it up in the hill in 3:11. The prizes for the king and queen were beach cruisers! So I have a new grocery getter. sweet. Maybe short races aren't so bad after all.
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