|Yes, I'm aware I put it on upside down..|
well... at least now I am.
|Heading up Squaw Pass. Beautiful, quiet morning.|
Sun is just in my eyes.
|Rolling up Loveland Pass - the 4 mile kick in the pants.|
|Top of Loveland Pass|
12,000 feet. Time to put on the jacket.
|Last part of the Vail Pass climb.|
Happy, happy, happy.
|Tiki bar at Vail Summit.|
|Nobody to chat to - time to descend and wrap this up.|
The first was the people that while well-intentioned, had no clue as to how to pace-line. I'm not being a snob, and I'm not going to get into specifics. But when folks can't keep an even 'effort' over small rollers and descents, it can be more distracting than it's worth to try and work with them. Shifting constantly, sitting up, pulling too hard when they roll to the front and then not being able to hold a wheel when they roll off, tapping brakes instead of wind braking..... OK, I guess I did get into specifics.
We stopped after the finish line and chatted for a bit. It was fortuitous because my phone had died, so she was able to text Paige to let her know that I was there.
Was pretty happy to see that I had actually PR'd both my ride time (7:54) and total time (9:05) from the last time I had done this ride - 12 years younger!
|At Nationals last year|
|A week post Triple|
All that work soaking in and paying off on the climbs.