Things are coming back together after my little over the bars launch nearly two months ago. Things continue to be busy, but I train when I can, commute to work if my schedule allows and have raced a few times.
A couple of weeks ago our team co-hosted the Rockabilly Gran Prix up in Jackson, TN. The weather looked a bit foul as I drove up the morning of the race. The weather did not disappoint. In fact, the local authorities (sheriff?) decided to shut down the late morning racing to take away the possibility of racing into a tornado. In the end, the worry ended up being for naught, but it was hard to see that (the weather pretty much broke up and parted around Jackson somehow). In the cat 3 race, our race was shorted to 3 – 11-mile laps with a about 4-5 mile warning. What followed was a sheer display of horsepower by for the most part my team (although I was in no position to help, unfortunately) that culminated in a M&B victory w/ Brett taking out the sprint win.
The time trail a bit later proceeded in the normal way, however, probably a combination of suddenly shutting down after the race, having my PowerTap 404 battery die, and just generally not feeling good, I turned a unremarkable TT. I think I was the slowest on a TT bike (yes, you can make a Speed Concept go slow if your legs are junk).
I opted out of the crit, partly because of my bad show on Saturday and partly due to the fact that my collarbone was not 100%. Maybe I would have found redemption, but most likely not. I rode that morning with Matt and it wasn’t good at all.
And yesterday, was the first installment of the renamed Memphis Invitational… the Liz LaVelle Memorial race series. The name was different, but the course was the same. The 5 mile Long Rd course that if motivated can provide for some pretty high speeds. Since this was a 1/2/3 format, the Marx-Bensdorf team fielded a bunch. We had 17 out of 30 of the starters. We all knew the danger man and Andrew Hammond / Herring Gas, did not disappoint. He was pretty much in every break (maybe not every) and was in the final, winning break which he won out of. In the end, it was a fast race that didn’t play out exactly as we wanted, and we ended up with 2nd, 3rd, 5th out of the deal. My own finish on mostly whipped legs was 13th place.
So there is a post, I need to start posting more often. Coming up, I plan to race at Cookeville (TN state RR), Liz LaValle Mem / Crit, and maybe MOAB/state crit and Oak Ridge.