Been "decompressing" a bit after getting back from nationals. I rode (hard to call it training) after getting home and managed to get caught in a huge downpour on my (a week ago) Saturday club ride. Fortunately I switched to my rain bike before leaving because I heard thunder in the distance and thought that it might rain. Boy did it ever.
Did the California Bicycle Racing (CBR) State Criterium Championships on Sunday and after my debacle at nationals my racing confidence wasn't very high. I was actually around 5th wheel during the Masters 50+ race when I WATCHED the winning break ride off the front. A lap later I was leading a fruitless chase. I also raced Masters 40+ which was faster but I managed to stay in until the last lap when I got caught behind someone who gapped the guy in front of me. I finished the lap surprisingly close to the back of the field.
After that I didn't ride until yesterday (Thursday). I did a moderate but short workout on my TT bike with a somewhat modified position that I am "testing" at an 8 mile, hilly TT this coming Sunday. The modification is to get my bike bike closer to be legal for next year's nationals. Next week I'll start going to the velodrome again for some structured workouts hoping to kind of level out my fitness for the rest of the year.
One other thing to mention is the resurrection of the Mt Baldy Hill Climb on Sunday, Sep 25th (http://www.backontrackproductions.com/baldy.htm). It's about 12 miles and about 4,500 feet of climbing. The last part of the climb from Baldy Village to the ski area parking lot is the same climb that Chris and Levi used to cement Chris' win at the Tour of California. I hope that I can retain enough fitness and not gain any weight over the next week. This race used to be a bit later in the year as the finale of the (now defunct) SoCal Hill Climb Series. Back when I was a 130 lb, 20-something year-old, Cat 3 racer, I could do the climb in a 42 X 23. Now I hope I won't tip over with a 39 X 26.
Glad to hear that everyone is doing okay (assuming the hole in AJ's knee is better) and I hope to see Hermes and Velo Diva at the velodrome in a couple of weeks. I'll be working the official's video camera on Thursday evening. As far as Red's TT performances go, now I have to worry about another woman who can TT faster than me.