Good stuff today! To be the hammer....or the nail? Always good to be the hammer....but riding/racing in Colorado there is ALWAYS someone that is faster on any given day. So, in this case you are the nail...and you get hammered into a bloody pulp. I always tell folks the Oval Ride is one of the hardest things I do on a bike....and it is. It is a given......on each Saturday during the winter months you can guarantee to see max effort more than a few times, bleed out your eyes, cry internally, and have your legs go numb when they load with lactic acid. It also reminds me why I mountain bike race and not road race, ha!
I had some good efforts today....and had to dig deep more than once to bridge back up to the lead group on Carter Lake and beyond.
On the hill prior to the Horsetooth Mountain Park climb I pushed the pace.....which then left us with only 5 riders. It would be this way until the last climb of the day....when Ian Holt would simply ride away. No surprise, as Ian is a strong rider. The rest of us would roll into the town line finish a few seconds later.
Here is the power file for those of you that know what you are looking at. 80 miles and a average wattage of 230. For January, I'll take it!
Here are all the pictures from the day. Note, 99% of these pics are taken when I am not drooling on myself because I am incoherent in pain.
Sunday is another big block before a day off on Monday.