I’m here in San Dimas, home of “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and the San Dimas Stage Race. There is something about this race that calls out to me, so I have come down five times. I’ve never come close to winning, but I keep returning for another go.
I love the scene on the first day at the Chaffey Auto Body Time Trial. The road near the start is lined with team cars, vans, and buses, and the elite woman are out in force. Beautiful country, weather, and people. The 2013 TT is a 4.25 mile hill climb with an elevation gain of 1257 feet up Glendora Canyon Road.
This year, the 55s are combined with the 45s, but we’re picked separately. We went off around 10:00 am, so with no pre-race anxiety and plenty of warm up through the lovely scenery, I started as fast as I could go out of the blocks. My HR curve is somewhat comical. From 90 bpm in the porta-potty to 150 in the space of 90 seconds. (I pushed my luck with a last-second pit stop, much to the dismay of the race official.)
The course was a little longer than last year’s, so I knew I would finish around 18 minutes. I simply tried to go as fast as I could without blowing up. Then I went harder still for the last kilometer. (It’s not easy to say anything interesting about TTs. While you suffer, most of the race is an internal monologue. Not that compelling to read about.)
My goal was to finish with a higher placement than I did last year, but since I won last year’s TT, I set myself up for failure. Actually, I’m just being stupid. I was fortunate to finish first again, but just by the hair of my chinny-chin-chin: .73 hundredths of a second over Daniel Swietlik, from Hollywood. Good thing I shaved my grizzly gray beard before the race this morning.
Tomorrow is a short, but likely fast road race with a big field. I’m hoping to break a jinx this course seems to have over me. I’m gonna shave my legs tonight.
Thanks for reading,