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Old 09-02-12, 09:14 PM   #1
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Red Rider Races -- hang on!

Today was the Esparto Time Trial. This was my first ITT, ridden in '07, at VeloDiva's invitation. She was going to race and wanted some company.

So I borrowed a CF women's Fuji rode it Merckxx -- don't remember my time but I do remember being stoked at how hard it was and how well I finished (mid-pack WC4). That's when I realized I could be a contendah on a bike, and was thrilled to know that I could ride faster than folks 1/2 or more my age.

Borrowed equipment in subsequent years with unremarkable finishes, but as it's close, and familiar, I kept showing up.

Last year, with TT bike, pointy helmet and skinsuit, I raced and was second to VeloDiva. We scored t-shirts and had a parking lot podium photo op. Freaking awesome fun!

This year I borrowed a disc wheel, used but not abused, from our friend/wrench/multiple Ironman finisher. My training hasn't been as consistent as last year, and I had expectations of perhaps 3rd.

Cool temps, very light winds, some hills -- I wasn't prepared for how that heavy-ass wheel would slow me down on the climbs -- never stepped out of the pain cave for repeat of last year's finish. We were both faster, so in addition to a nice T-shirt and a surprise cash payout ($18 -- paid for gas ), I scored a new PR.

Color me happy. And knackered. I don't know how you stage racers do it.
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It was great to see you and cgallah this AM. We left our house at 5:30AM for a start time of 9:01. That was a fantastic result on a very tough 30k course with some wind and climbing. MEA thinks the "rollers" are fun. When I did that course, I thought the rollers were hard and softened up the legs.

IMO, the disc was a positive overall but it is an older style clincher that I assumed was heavy.

I think this race has come down to the equivalent of a yearly Ali / Frazer slug fest between you and MEA. I think it is great and you push each other. Congrats on a great TT and PR. Since Velo Promo does not have a podium, each year we have to improvise.

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I scored a new PR.

Color me happy. And knackered. I don't know how you stage racers do it.
I still have my orange VP T shirt from the one time I did this race. Great TT course. Congrats on the PR!
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I am SO PROUD of you, G/F!!

That's a great photo, too. It's too bad you both couldn't have been a little happier
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Way to go RR! Well deserved.
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It was great to see you and cgallah this AM. We left our house at 5:30AM for a start time of 9:01. That was a fantastic result on a very tough 30k course with some wind and climbing. MEA thinks the "rollers" are fun. When I did that course, I thought the rollers were hard and softened up the legs.

IMO, the disc was a positive overall but it is an older style clincher that I assumed was heavy.

I think this race has come down to the equivalent of a yearly Ali / Frazer slug fest between you and MEA. I think it is great and you push each other. Congrats on a great TT and PR. Since Velo Promo does not have a podium, each year we have to improvise.

It was good to see the pair of you as well. The last couple of years it seems we only see you & VeloDiva at this event. Let's have that tandem ride in October so we can reconnect, reflect on the year's accomplishments, and, of course, ride.

I like the Ali/Frazier metaphor. We're definitely one another's enablers, that's for sure.

The disc is heavy and probably not likely on my "must have" list. I'll have something different next year.
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Thanks, all, for reading. I appreciate your reading and enabling.
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Hi Red Rider, I drove past Esparto on Sunday on my way to Redding. I was thinking about you and Velo Diva (and Hermes). Great ride! PRs are always good. I imagine you would be even faster if you raced more often but then I'd have two older women who can TT faster than I can.
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Hi Red Rider, I drove past Esparto on Sunday on my way to Redding. I was thinking about you and Velo Diva (and Hermes). Great ride! PRs are always good. I imagine you would be even faster if you raced more often but then I'd have two older women who can TT faster than I can.
Show up at Esparto in '13 and prove it.

You must've sent "ride fast!" thoughts to us, as we were both fast. I love that she's 60, I'm 57, and the other ladies were <40.

Like I said on Twitter and Facebook, never let age stop you from being who you can be.

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