Wednesday, September 30, 2015

World Championships

Headed out last Thursday for Virginia with my Dad. Plan was to ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway on Friday and Saturday and watch the Elite Men's Road Race on Sunday. We were also meeting up with Ian, his finance Amanda and Mr. TruTrainer himself Jeff. I was excited about riding the climbs I did way back when in the Tour of Virginia in 2007 along with team camp with Rite Aid in the same year.

My Dad and I got out there early enough for a ride on Thursday evening. It was a quick hour on the parkway as the sun was setting. Just a perfect evening.

The next morning as we waited for Jeff we thought about how we would ride in the raining and foggy conditions. We decided the best option would be head a bit north where it seemed like it was raining less and ride on Skyline Drive. It actually worked out quite well as the weather wasn't as bad and we did get in a nice 45 mile ride.

That evening we went out for dinner and I mentioned getting a chocolate ice cream smoothie, but Jeff and my Dad said we could head back out as we ate sort of early. I knew it would never happen and it didn't. They assured me they would. I could have went, but I shut down after 8pm. So even though I am younger, I pretty much fit right in.

The following day was much of the same with the weather. We just went for it. It was actually quite worse. I decided that I wanted to at least do the Winter Green Climb. One of the biggest climb in the area. I figured the climb itself would take 40 - 50 minutes, so I could just ride down, do it and back to the car. My Dad and Jeff weren't up for a 7 mile climb that averaged 7.5% so they stayed on the foggy parkway. Ian and I headed down and had a great ride back up. Though at the top it was hard to see more then 10ft in front. Felt pretty hardcore though. Since it was way better at lower elevations we just decided to ride back down and to the hotel.

The following morning we headed out early to the race in Richmond. It was a bit slow at first, and sitting there for a several hours went by slowly. But luckily there was good company and a giant big screen to view the complete race on Libby Hill. As the race went on it got really exciting! What a finish! I haven't seen a reaction like that for any winter in a bike race. Of course it was like only the second or third bike race I've been to that I wasn't in. It was great to see my friend, and former teammate, Brent Bookwatler rock the front of the field the whole race and come in with a top 20.

Following the race we drove straight back to Indy! That was long drive and long night / early morning, only made worse by watching the Lions lose on Sunday Night Football in the back of the car. We didn't get back till 4 am. The next few days were long and no on Wednesday am I only starting to feel normal again!