My Day - A Tale of Water, Grime, and Riding with Streamers
The start gun fired and I ..... totally missed my pedal as my foot slipped awkwardly off it. You'd think I had never clipped in before. Just like that I was watching everyone pull away. I ended up in a small 7-man group that included one other Rockwall Cycling racer. It was weird with the weather as your choices were limited to 1) work hard in the wind, or 2) get pelted by grimy water from the wheels in the pack. We kept it going at a solid pace and eventually shook off 3 of the riders. The two non-RC riders were a little erratic with their efforts (and drafting). On one of their unpredictable surges I reacted late and popped off the back. Soon after I saw the other RC jersey drifting back to me. I caught up to her and had one of my better efforts on the day as we bridged. Eventually we were both popped off again 20-something miles in and decided to let them go.
|Not the typical sunny day in north Texas|
Keith and I took turns pulling in the wind but would ride side-by-side in easier sections. The route had a couple turns towards the end taking us off the I-30 access road and then back to it adding about a mile. I thought that was a bit strange and am guessing it had to do with bypassing some construction. In fact, at one point Keith and I had to slow because a construction vehicle pulled out in to the only available lane in front of us. We crossed the line after 58+ miles feeling pretty good. Both of our families were standing together at the finish. If I had known that, I might have sprinted in for fun!
|Considering I didn't "race" this course, I felt good about the 20+mph average.|
Their Day - A Tale of Mom vs Son vs Random Kid
As we walked towards the post-race refreshments I could tell Angelia and Julian had a different kind of day from mine. Heck, Julian's jersey was still white! Mine was nowhere near its original color after nearly 3hrs of rainy riding. But I knew there would be a story to tell because I sneaked a peek at his bike computer. It looked to be one of his faster rides - a good sign.
Their course was a familiar 12+mi out-and-back route. Apparently the out portion was just a typical ride - Julian wasn't really pushing it and Angelia was ahead. When she made the turnaround she saw Julian and another kid riding against each other. She took it easy spinning up a hill to allow them to catch her a bit when ..... bam, they flew by her! Uh-oh, Momma couldn't get beat by her 9yr old. It was time to ride! Julian wanted to use what he's learned and share the workload but the other boy just wanted to keep half-wheeling him as they battled it out. Angelia had to slow at one intersection and when she was waved through she told the police officer that 2 boys were racing behind her and to make sure they could go right through. In the end Julian won his battle and both of them felt great about their rides. All in all, a very good day at the "not so Hot" Rocks.
Stay tuned for the epic weekend day 2 recap when the entire family had races scheduled ......