I scored some hardware at today’s epic TT. I didn’t ride as well as I could have, but I did a good job I believe. I came in 3rd out of 4 in the 30+ category. 1:04:48 seconds for 23.75 miles – about 22mph average.

I say epic because it was a downpour for the whole route. I couldn’t see anything through my glasses so I rode looking over them. If I had my head up the rain was so heavy it would sting my eyes.

Standing there getting drenched while in the start house I looked around at a few of the other guys and just had to say it, “you know…we’re some pretty messed up guys for coming out here in the rain to put ourselves through the torture that is a TT. We could all be in bed or eating a nice breakfast. We’re idiots.” I got the obligatory laugh or two, but everyone was thinking, “you wussy. I do it so that I can kick bike weenie ass. Get in line for your ass kickin you weenie.”

“30 seconds”

I noticed that my heart rate goes from 50-60 just standing around to in the mid 90s when I get into the start house. Crazy. You want to pee, crap yourself, throw-up, fall over into a fetal position, etc. You know the pain that is coming and you know the little guy with the clipboard isn’t going to save you or make the pain stop. He’s going to enjoy every minute of it.

“Rider ready. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, GO!”

I don’t care how much you warm up, if you are not feeling like you just got hit by a Mack truck within the first 30 seconds to a minut of a TT then you’re doing it wrong.

Pain is like crack. Beating someone is like heroin.

I wasn’t expecting much and did nothing to prepare for this other than switch my bike over. I think I did OK. This is the first piece of hardware I have ever received from a competitive cycling event. Sure it’s no big deal and doesn’t mean anything with such a small field on such a crappy day, but it’s a medal. I will take it.

Colorchange pulled a 1:00:03<--missed the hour by 3 seconds. Awesome job. He pulled first place in Cat 5. Alien2 was there to finish the series. He placed 2nd overall in the series as well as second today. This is in Cat 3. He's a fast dude. It shows on Tuesday nights. He did the route in something like 56 or 58 minutes. Hella-fast. Fall fling is coming and I am hoping I can do good things there. The TT is half the distance so I will need to really hammer it out in order to be able to do anything.

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