Heading to Quad Cities – 95 Mile Road Race in 7 Hours

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Last night was a short night. Less than 5 hours sleep. I have no idea where time goes now. I got up with Trudi at 6:45 this morning. She headed to the airport at 7:30 to fly to Pro Road Nationals. Then it was non-stop the whole day and I barely got the stuff done by 2 am. I’m either moving slower than I used to or have a ton more stuff to do.

Anyway, I’m driving up to Burlington, Iowa for a 95 mile road race at 3:15. It used to be 81 miles, but they changed the course a little. I believe it is supposed to be dry there this afternoon, but the forecast is for rain the next three days, which are all criteriums, with tomorrow being Snake Alley.

I’m in this for the fitness, not the results, so I’m going to do what I can do and nothing more. I’ve done these races many times before and they all have a certain flow about them. Newt, the promoter of Snake Alley, is going to give me shit for not per-registating. I looked two nights ago and planned to register, but couldn’t find my wallet for a credit card number, then yesterday, the registration was closed. There were something like 126 guys registered in the Pro 1/2 race. That is a ton of riders for that course. Especially if it rains. I won it on my first attempt, partly because it was raining the whole day.

It’s a solo trip of just Bromont and I. Keith and Catherine might drive up for Snake Alley later today or tomorrow. I’m staying in Burlington tonight, then moving over to Davenport and staying with my friend Jeff Bradley. I’m not sure if Jeff is racing this afternoon or not. I’d better call and find out.

Okay, have to get moving. I’m already beat and the trip hasn’t even started yet. Hope that isn’t a bad sign?

I spent most of the morning over at physical therapy messin' with my shoulder.  I had to sit in a corner in my shorts while I was getting some medicine electrically driven into my shoulder muscle.  I took this picture because I wanted to know if I looked as bad as I felt.  I did.

I spent most of the morning over at physical therapy messin’ with my shoulder. I had to sit in a corner in my shorts while I was getting some medicine electrically driven into my shoulder muscle. I took this picture because I wanted to know if I looked as bad as I felt. I did.

I put a road bike together this afternoon.  It seemed to take forever.  I had to take a bunch of parts off one of my cross bikes.  I hate doing that.

I put a road bike together this afternoon. It seemed to take forever. I had to take a bunch of parts off one of my cross bikes. I hate doing that.

After going for a short ride, I spent the rest of the night pounding and prying the back quarter panel of Bill's car so I could reattach the tail light I fixed.  I'm getting the car from Bill and taking it up to Ames, Iowa for Michael.  Actually, the new plan is that Bill drives it there today on the way up to Minneapolis to race with Brian.

After going for a short ride, I spent the rest of the night pounding and prying the back quarter panel of Bill’s car so I could reattach the tail light I fixed. I’m getting the car from Bill and taking it up to Ames, Iowa for Michael. Actually, the new plan is that Bill drives it there today on the way up to Minneapolis to race with Brian.

11 thoughts on “Heading to Quad Cities – 95 Mile Road Race in 7 Hours

  1. mike crum

    so what I got out of your post, your dead tired before the race. up late, doing this and that..

     
  2. john

    I’m sure the new race director of The Snake well welcome you regardless of your registration. race on
    john

     
  3. VCScribe

    Get Kent to hook you up with a green or black seat clamp for that Ti post. Red looks like shite with your color scheme . . .

     
  4. Bennett Shane

    This story sums up why I only do races that I can easily ride my bicycle too… I am very lucky that I live in Portland OR

     
  5. RyanO

    Go Tilly! What pressure you runnin’ at snake alley in the rain? I gotta do that race

     

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