Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Weston was so stupid fast...

...that I didn't race it. It rained during the day, then the temperature plummeted just before the race. Not much can be done about that. Normally I avoid Weston in these conditions, but what else am I going to do?  Grooming did manage to loosen things up in a few places. What sketched me out the most was the unpredictability of conditions. It went from frozen superchunk to loose over hardpack to glazed hardpack randomly along the 3.1km loop. One wreck with broken equipment per week is enough for me. Crashing on frozen chunky granular hurts too.

BrettR started tonight's race, which went three laps for almost 10k, but bailed during the first lap. He's much better on hardpack than I am, so I was doubly glad I didn't line up.  Guess a few people stacked pretty hard. Instead of racing, I waited for the race to take off, then I tooled along at the back. Probably passed half of the field with minimal effort. I could double pole way faster heading out on the flats than skate. The wind on the return was something else. Gusts had to have been over 30mph.

I got robbed yet again of a quality workout. Snowstorms and tapering last week precluded zero intensity work. I got some decent intensity at Lake Placid before I broke my ski. But then I got iced out of a good ride Sunday and similarly tonight. My anti-trainer principles will probably get the better of me this spring. I fret over how I'm going from 3-4 hours of light riding per week to 5hrs of hard riding per day in Arizona next month. Alex is going to slay me.

1 comment:

Mookie said...

I'm in the same boat as you, buddy. I was just bitching to Emily last night that AZ is going to be painful. Look on the bright side, at least we'll get a good fitness boost from being out there.