New year, new thread.
I raced the San Bruno Hillclimb today.
To my surprise, they ran the 3s with the p12 crowd which featured Adrian Costa and his buddy Zeke, both wearing their nifty USA junior team kit over Garmin dev team bibs. Yay for us!
I pictured this race 100 times over the past couple weeks, but I never pictured it with the p12 field involved. Oh well, I think I played it right, anyway.
Course is 3 miles, .5mi steep, 1mi shallow, .25mi down around an underpass, and 1.25mi relatively steep and steady to the end.
Half way up the first .5mi it was too slow, so I took initiative and jumped up until I felt I had about a 15 second gap. Felt pretty ballsy to fly past Adrian and the rest of the 1-2s, but I'm pretty sure they couldn't have cared less. But, the other strong 3s weren't going to let me go, so they started the chase.
I held out at threshold until I looked back and saw Zeke closing my gap down. I eased up, jumped on their group of 5 as they flew past. So, 6 of us now.
About a minute later, Zeke and Adrian were off to their own race and the other 4 of us, 2 3s in my race, and 1 lucky p12, were heading to the top.
As usual, I did a lot of pulling, but I saved enough that I felt great when the 1k sign rolled by. At about .8k I hear shifting and I try to throw it in the big ring to head for the finish. Perfect, about a 2-minute fast climb from that point which is to my benefit.
Except, my shift was a ****ing yard sale and my chain was spinning on top of my little ring somehow. I clicked around until it bit, but I'd given up 3-4-5 seconds and that was too many against these guys.
I finished 6th in the 1-2-3s, 1:20 behind 1st and 2nd, and 8, 3, and 1 seconds behind 3rd 4th and 5th.
I take solace in that my time today was faster than Phipps winning time in the 45+ race, but overall I'd rate my emotion as bummed-the-****-out at being 3rd in the 3s. That was my race to lose, and I lost it by being an idiot and trying for the big ring while in the 23t in the back.
the race segment: http://app.strava.com/activities/103291369#2227464170
And then after the race I drove down to my TT hill with the race bike setup and destroyed my previous PR by 30 seconds. 16:50 to 16:20. Fueled by disappointment.