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Old 08-30-11, 02:13 PM   #1
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HHH Race

I didn't want to derail engstrom's thread on his accomplishment, so I thought I'd start a new one.

I won't post all, you can read it in its entirety at my blog. The writing's not overly exciting (I'm too analytical to be a good writer, after all), but it details out the impressions I got before, during, and after this fun race. And, while it really wasn't a hilly route, it seemed to be more so than the final stats showed.

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Our new route was also a challenge. The overall course could best be described as rolling. While this wouldn’t be a problem other than tiring me out over three hours, mixed into these rollers were two, pretty good walls. They weren’t walls for the typically skinny bike racer, but for me? Heh…heh… Both hills were about a third of a mile long at 6–8%. A stout little climb.

We approached the first climb somewhat easily and then watched a handful of guys put the hurt on everyone else. I followed as best I could, slowly drifting toward the back. The attackers turned off the juice just near the top when they couldn’t break away, allowing me to somehow maintain contact.

The second climb was a bit harder. It was farther along the race and I was more fatigued...
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I didn't realize it was a race.
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It's an event weekend. There's the traditional century non-race on Saturday. They also have multiple other distances as well. There's also criteriums on Friday & Sunday, and road races on Saturday.
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Cool. I did not know that.
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Mark, excellent report and thanks for posting this. I hope one day to be fast enough and in good enough shape to run this race. I assume you need a license to compete in the road race? Also, it's interesting how different the race route was from the endurance route.
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Thanks.

Yes, you need a license. In this particular race (and most), it would be from USA Cycling). I detailed the process also on my blog awhile back, but the end result is pretty simple.

Yea, they really changed it. I was kinda hoping to do the traditional route, but they were looking to make it safer for everyone. (Early HHH starters positioned down the road from the start line would see the racers start, think it was time to go, then start themselves, getting in the way of some fast-moving packs, or worse, try to jump into a pack with little-to-no experience racing. Disaster waiting to happen.)
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