|I put on a brave face for the photographer at Greenbush. On Monday the smile was real.|
This particular time trial is a recurring, unsanctioned race that’s not on any official calendar. But it’s close to home and free of charge, two of my favorite things. I was the third rider to start from a field of 14 and I quickly got into a good rhythm despite a bit of headwind for the first couple of miles. As I neared the midway point of the course, I caught the rider who had started 1 minute ahead of me. By the end of the 10.1-mile race I was just 32 seconds behind the rider who had started 2 minutes ahead of me. I finished in 11th place, posting an average speed of 20.5 mph on the rolling course.
And that’s where I belonged: most of the field was younger and fitter, and a few of the guys were rockin’ TT/tri bikes with all of their aerodynamic benefits. Giving a good account of myself in competition against riders of such quality was just what I needed to get my head back in the right place. Reflecting, learning, correcting … those are OK, but doubts and regrets have no place in training.