Well I just spent a pleasant few days in the Smokie Mountains with Shaundo. I raced go- karts and we walked 2 miles up a mountain, and we went to the Titanic Museum. Shauna doesn’t read my blog so that leaves me free to say what I think and while I enjoyed parts of the trip I’ve got to say that tourist trap of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge is not one of my favorite places. Enough about that though lets get on with today’s burning question.
I’ve been asked by several people who heard about the Great Egyptian Omnium on TV or read about it in the newspaper if I rode in it. When I say I didn’t I’m always asked, “I thought you rode bikes?” I go on to explain that while I ride bikes I don’t race them, and how competetive and tough an actual bike race is. Then I go on to explain how my extra body weight makes it almost impossible for me to keep up on the climbs with racers.
When I get done and realize they haven’t been listening for several minutes, I go on to explain that I don’t shave my legs and I don’t have a team jersey. That leads the conversation in a completely different direction and ends with them shaking their head and saying, well you should have raced you never know. This has been on my mind now for a few days and the fact is that they are right, I will never know, but I can make assumptions.
I think I would have probably finished in the pack in the criterium, it was only 30 minutes and I know I can put out alot of power for 30 minutes. The course had only a short hill that wouldn’t have done much damage to me. The heat wasn’t good but I could have handled it for 30 minutes.
I think I would have finished off the back in the road race. I watched the group go over a big climb about halfway through the course on the first loop. I have no doubt I would have been in the group for that climb, probablem is that there are several other tough climbs on the course and 40 miles would have been rough in that heat.
If I could go back I’d do it and I’ve already decided to make it a goal for next year. Weight loss has got to come back for me. I tell myself I’ve been eating OK, but with the amount of riding I’ve done this summer and the fact that I’ve actually gained weight I’ve got a big problem. That problem takes the form of carbohydrates from junkfood.
I’ve given myself a goal to work towards in the mean time. The Union County Colorfest Biathalon 5K run and 17 mile bike ride. The bike ride is no sweat, the run? Well I’m working on that. I’ve been to the track a couple of times now to run. I did a 5K the other night in 37 minutes. Not bad I guess, but not good either. A good time for the Biathalon is 1 hour and 20 minutes. The fast guys are 1 hour and 10 minutes. I think I could finish the ride in about 52 minutes which means at my current 5K time I’d finish in 1 hour and 29 minutes. Of course the run isn’t on a nice flat track, its up and down hills and I’m not sure if I can hold a 20 mph pace after running a 5K. If I finished under 1 hour and 30 minutes I think I’d be happy.
Ultimately I want to have no excuses next year.