Putah Creek Smack Down, the affectionate name given the free TT practice sponsored by Joe Santos and Davis Wheelworks. It began some years ago as a way to help triathletes improve their bike leg times. It has evolved into a low-key, friendly way to help triathletes and TT specialists improve, encourage one another, and welcome newbies into this addictive discipline.
I believe I'm the only 50+ who posts here -- there are plenty of other 50+ athletes who ride, but they don't post here. So you're stuck with me. The link I post should include everyone, from the semi-pro set up to the hand-trike driven by a paraplegic, the enclosed trikes, and the Merckxx categories. We welcome everyone -- we're trying to defy the bike race elitism that surfaces at many events.
My best time on the 10 mi. out-and-back is 24:58. That was 2 wks. ago.
Tonight's effort wasn't as fast, but the conditions were different. And my suffer score was higher. My goal was to keep my HR higher than in previous practices.
I use each practice as a chance to try something new. This one I used to keep my HR higher -- and to experiment with new music in my head (I don't do iPod during these rides, but will run an inspiring song through my head while pedaling).
This is a fun, low-key, addictive event. I laughed at the Jrs. who said "My coach made me do this." They'll be back.
It's free and open to anyone. I did it Merckx-style for 3 yrs. Once I got the TT set up my times have improved.