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Monday, August 14, 2006

The weekend went really well!

Friday we didn’t do much of anything. We took it easy, took the dogs to the bark park and didn’t do much of anything.

Saturday was the Belleville Road Race. I wasn’t sure what to expect but I figured I could handle it. I even figured Jess could handle it as well. We went down and signed up and got ready for the 9:30 start. This race had a .3 mile rolling start, it was almost unbearable, 8mph? We hit the highway and it was on. I looked around and didn’t think the competition was too tough so what do I do? I take a flyer from the start. I developed probably a 200m lead and held it for the first three miles. It was a good warm-up, I had a tail wind and I kept the HR at 170. When we got to Frenchtown I was caught. We worked the first lap and it appeared there were maybe 10 or so strong riders and about 40 riders hanging on. I attacked right before the first hill and held it for over a mile again hoping someone would try to bridge me on the hill. Nope. Eased up and got caught and decided that no one was going to do anything. So I just sat somewhere in the top 5 wheels the rest of the race. On the 2nd lap we dropped maybe 10 people on the climb. I spent the last 4 miles getting into and holding position. With ¾ of a mile to go I was between two Brazen Dropouts when the one behind me attacked. I grabbed the wheel and the other BD was behind me. The guy was about to die with about a ½ mile to go but I talked him into pulling “Your teammate is on my wheel, keep pulling” but he died about 100 meters before the last corner and two guys darted to the left and beat me to the corner. I passed one of them but the other was too strong and I missed the win by about a bike length. Regardless I was very happy as my sprint seemed pretty good and the strategy was perfect. I ride out to the 1 mile point to watch Jess finish. I see 3 other girls go by in two separate groups and then there was Jess hammering into the wind. She finished 4th overall. I got the gold in my age group (the winner was in my age group but if you won the overall you didn’t get the age group award.) Jess got 2nd her in age group and was excited about her first ever road race. She might even race again. Honestly though this race was one of the most fun times I’ve ever had on the bike!

Went to New Glarus quick for lunch and then came home, watched some Nascar and chilled. I watched some random movie and then to the Bark Park and then we went to Dean’s to play some games. Got in a game of Blockus, and then Cranium and then a marathon game of Scategories. A good time.

Sunday was a record for me, I woke up at 8:10am. I haven’t slept that late for almost two years! Thus we were behind schedule for going to Devil’s Lake but it didn’t matter. We got there at 10 and it wasn’t too busy! We got everything ready (Jess’ kayak) and we were off for a swim. I estimated the distance across to be 1.3 miles. On the way over it was against the wind. It took me 47 minutes to swim the 1.21 miles to the south shore. On the way back we had a tail wind. It took me 38 minutes to swim the 1.13 miles back (we took a more narrow approach back.) So I swam roughly the Ironman swim in under an hour and a half so I was excited. I did the crawl the whole way back, no breaks or anything. Thanks for Kayaking while I swam Jess!!! Got done and we did a brick, the Devil’s Lake Tri bike course. It is brutal, you idle for about a half mile and then climb over 300 feet in the next .8 miles. A couple rollers than you climb tower road. On the way back though you fly down Tower and than Neumann. Hit 46.8mph into the wind. Get this, I was still turning over my crankset at that speed. We rolled the rest of it for about 15 miles total. Oh yeah and like 1250 feet of climbing. After that we hit Subway for lunch, then to the Baraboo zoo, then to Parfrey’s Glen for a hike. That place is beautiful! Got in the car, we were both tired. Drove home, cleaned up, went to the Great Dane with Jess’ parents, came home, read the paper and then watched Entourage. Weekend over…


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