|The Quintana Roo CD0.1 and Gray Cycling wheels ready for race #1!!|
|Photo credit Björn Ossenbrink. Swim start.|
|Photo Credit Björn Ossenbrink. Sunny-weather training is made quite apparent.|
|Photo credit Björn Ossenbrink.|
Unfortunately, my legs just didn't seem to show up on the day. I couldn't push much wattage, and the fatigue kept me stuck in 3rd gear the whole ride. I didn't lose too much time on the bike, pulling in a sub 1hr ride, but Jeff put another 45 seconds into me, and Champness came from God-knows-where and punched a big lead into me. When he came by, I was sure he was turning 60RPM, and he just smashed through the bike in 56 minutes. One of the thoughts in the front of my mind the whole time was "boy, are my toes ever toasty!" A trick I use for cold weather racing is to wear toe covers on my cycling shoes, and put hand warmers (Lil' Hotties, Hot Paws, etc,) under the toe covers. Works like a charm!
|Photo Credit Björn Ossenbrink. Keed your aerobars warm when it's cold!|
|Heading out on the bike. Photo Credit Björn Ossenbrink.|
|Brought my game face. Photo credits Björn Ossenbrink.|
|Cool guys on the podium.|
|Where's Waldo? Photo Credits Robert Shaer.|
|A little blurry, but you can still see the suffering!|
Photo Credit Robert Shaer
Finally, this past weekend, I competed in the Modo Spring Run-off 8k, once again in Stanley Park. This race circumvented the park via the seawall, and although not quite the same size in participants, it was a really well run race, and the weather couldn't have been better. I went in to this race with already sore calves and legs, and after about 3km, the legs just started to shut down. It's a crappy feeling, but I just kept going as best I could. I mean, the sun was shining, and I was breathing, so in reality, everything was going to be okay. We can't always be 'ON,' and have to take the bad days in stride. I ran my slowest 8k that I can remember, finishing out in 28th spot, in just over 29 minutes.
|A slow race for me, but just the right speed to enjoy the sunny weather.|
On a side note, Quintana Roo is about to unveil a BRAND NEW BIKE tomorrow, and I'm dying to find out what it'll be. I'll be looking forward to trying it out, so stay tuned to see what rolls out!!!
|The wait is killing me! The new Quintana Roo super bike to unveil soon!|
I hope the early season is shaping up nicely for everyone, have a fun weekend ahead, and stay safe!
|Time to get serious.|