Spent the last two days standing around watching others race, rode pretty easy both days, but still the legs were sore during the warmup today, not a good sign.
Today's hill climb is not my first preference for a race, but I have never ridden Mount Diablo from the north side, and I already had a prior commitment to do stuff at the track, so the hill climb gives me and opportunity to race this weekend, get a fitness test, and ride somewhere new.
There's a nice start ramp and riders go off every thirty seconds. Due to start by alphabetical order by last name, only have a few riders behind and a bunch ahead of me. Caught two riders and three riders caught me so I didn't get last place.
Looked at some past results last night, but mistook 29 minutes for 25 minutes for some riders that are close to me in ability, so I go in thinking I can do this in 25 minutes @ 285. When I get to the 23 minute point in my race I can tell from the distance elapsed that there is a lot more than two minutes to go and like Gob I realize I made a huge mistake and it's pretty demoralizing, and end up with close to a FTP effort for a short half hour ride instead of something a lot better.
On the plus side I was able to climb Mount Diablo twice today and have some ideas of what I need to do well on the course. I do better in when I have someone to chase in the mass start hill climbs like the Low Key Hill Climbs so may have to try Mt Tam this year.
D: 10.158 km