Pre-Race Day Nerves

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Yesterday was one of those days that just kept on going. We left the house at 6:30, drove over to Bill’s, got him, stopped for coffee, and then headed over to Lawrence for bike day at a local elementary school. It was pretty cool out, mid 40’s and I didn’t bring enough cycling clothes to stay warm. Anyway, the day went so fast I didn’t have enough time to stress the least about the race this weekend, which was a great by-product of being super busy. I hate pre-race nerves, but sometime can use them to get the proper focus.

The school visit was all set up by the time we got there. TradeWind Energy had bought a new Bell helmet for each kid in the school and Dan Hughes, of Sunflower Bike Shop, was there with a gaggle of his employees to help fit the helmets and repair the kid’s bikes.

Brian Jensen, Bill and I were there to do a little talk and let the kids ask questions. My favorite question was really a statement, “Titanium melts.” How true.

So, every kid in the school got a new helmet, most had ridden their bikes to school, so we set up an obstacle course and led them through it.

It took nearly all morning and after, we headed over to Freestate to have an early lunch. I really couldn’t drink a beer at 11 am the day before I was supposed to race at 8 am. So, I ordered hot tea, plus a fruit and cheese plate for lunch.

Brian, Bill and I then rode over to the ride the hillclimb of the first stage of the race today. It is super short, just .7 miles. Uphill to an overlook. It is going to be pretty hard.

Bill and I then rode back to Topeka. It was a stiff headwind the whole way back. Bill was feeling a little sluggish initially, but after he burned off the beer, was riding pretty good.

The field today for the race is small, but pretty good. There are only 30 riders registered for the Pro 1/2 race, but the field is the best regionally. So, it isn’t going to be a ride-around. Lots of time spent in the wind is going to be in store the next two days. Tomorrow we race 3 laps of Lake Perry. It’s nearly 30 miles a lap and pretty hilly. And of course, it is going to be windy. Super training.

So, Bill and I are riding the 40 miles over to the 2 minute time trial this morning. I know it seems a little overkill, but I’d rather be too warmed up than not enough. Last week at Joe Martin, I saw, and felt, what the result will be not warming up enough. My 2 minute maximum on Strava is right around 500 watts. I’m not going to be looking down at my Garmin, but hope to at least match that. We do a 75 minute criterium at 12:40 too. Hopefully we’ll have enough time to go have some breakfast.

Okay, cup of coffee and out the door.

Matt Gilhousen, Czar of TradeWind, walking some little ones through the obstacle course.

Matt Gilhousen, Czar of TradeWind, walking some little ones through the obstacle course.

Dan Hughes, left, waiting for the onslaught of the helmet fittings.

Dan Hughes, left, waiting for the onslaught of the helmet fittings.

Man, there were a ton of department store bikes there.

Man, there were a ton of department store bikes there.

Stack of helmets before they got to their kids head.

Stack of helmets before they got to their kids head.

Class photo.

Class photo.

Bill and Brian riding west of Lawrence Kansas.

Bill and Brian riding west of Lawrence Kansas.

6 thoughts on “Pre-Race Day Nerves

  1. timm

    that’s Awesome! Thanks Bell, Tradewind, Sunflower. I Love Seeing Those Smiling helmeted Faces.

     
  2. Robert

    It’s great to see all those kids pedaling and enjoying themselves. They rode to school, wow! In my area parents think it’s a form of abuse to let their child walk or ride their bike school, driving the half mile is so much easier.

     
  3. Neil Kopitsky

    What a great way to promote the sport and good health. The only problem is that those kids might start reading your blog. And they cannot be reading about you, their new hero and role model, not wearing your helmet.

    I wish I was being sarcastic. I used to enjoy an occasional ride without a helmet (usually on a beautiful spring days right after I had gotten a haircut. I think it was a Franco Ballerrini/Andre Tafi sort of thing). Since I have had kids, that just is not an option.

     
  4. Steve James

    Steve, I’m so happy to see that Trade Winds is being so civic minded. That’s fantastic. I’m also very happy to see you in a helmet to show the kids how they should look. Keep up the great work.

    Steve James, George’s friend in Austin.

     
  5. Sean YD

    At more than one elementary school in Omaha, Neb., riding a bike to school is not permitted. It has something to do with the school 1) not being responsible for the bikes, and 2) not having a bike rack.

     
  6. Ron

    FYI I wouldn’t wear crampons while you’re on your roof because it could damage the shingles. Keeping wearing that helmet up there, tho, as I’m sure you do to be consistently safe. 🙂

     

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