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RAAM is Getting Close

by on June 19, 2015

It is 3 a.m. In California and I am awake.  I console myself with the fact that I had 7 hours asleep and I hope for some nap time later today.

Yesterday was a full day of prep and some riding. We started with an 8 a.m. team meeting and followed that with some 2 plus hours of labels, numbers, and van prep. Chip and I still have to arrange our interior, and will get to that today.

Early afternoon the riders got our first ride together,  The four of us rode the trail/parade route (7 miles) then Chip and I continued to the first steep climb.  We caught Bike Like a Girl and hit the climb together.  I’d like to say we demolished the hill, but it was more like we survived it while being schooled by the women. Age really does matter!  The 14% grade was relentless, and each curve brought more.  At the top we rested briefly, then returned.  The descent was fast and very rough. I had to limit the speed because the road was too rough to be safe.  We then rode back to the hotel against the strong sea breeze.  The aero bars helped.

As soon as we arrived, we were off to exchange practice. That put me on another steady climb for the day.  Exchange practice revealed a lot of flaws we need to work out. But my job for the day was over and I got some supper and hit the sack by 8 p.m. Local time.

So nearly 30 miles of riding for Thursday and about 1400′ of climbing concentrated in 3 miles. 

This ride will test the physical training, but even more … the mental.  That race is won or lost in my head, and with yesterday’s taste, that’s going to be a constant battle.

From → Cycling

One Comment
  1. Rebecca permalink

    Wherever the mind goes, the body will follow. Train your mind to focus on your goal – visualize it in exquisite detail. Turn your focus inward as well – you have an infinite well of strength and power residing inside of you – keep tapping into that. The mental discipline becomes a spiritual exercise as well. You are on the cusp of an amazing experience. If you haven’t guessed, I’m a little jealous.

    Have fun. Relax into the work.

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