I drove down to Texas a couple days ago to get away from the smoke and allergies. I attained my objective, but drove into heat. That is fine, I’m trying to deal with it and the best way to deal with it is to expose yourself to it. Today there is a pretty cool race in downtown Houston. It’s only an hour long, so how hot can you really get in an hour? It’s supposed to be in the lower 90’s this afternoon, and muggy of course, so it does qualify for hot. I’ve been feeling sort of so/so still, but have ridden twice here mid-day, so I’m a little more used to it than not at all. The race doesn’t start until 3 o’clock, so it’s about the hottest time of the day.
I know most of the good guys here in Texas and it is super fun racing with them. I just finished Joe Martin, riding on the BoneShaker Team, from Texas, and most of those guys will be racing today. I was thinking on the ride about how many pretty fast guys are down here. And by fast, I mean fast finishers, like good sprinters. I don’t classify myself as a good sprinter, I’ve never been powerful enough or really fast enough. But, I can start a sprint in good position sometimes and that is sometimes good enough to allow me to have a good result. Like I’ve posted before, I sprint way better uphill and than down. Texas has a bunch of guys that can finish pretty quickly, so it’s kind of hard to read the last lap if it’s all together.
Okay, I’m gonna ride 30 miles this morning and then do the 250 mile drive from Dallas to Houston. I don’t really feel like warming up much for a hot race. I’m not really sure riding an hour and a half, then driving 3 or 4 hours constitutes a good warm-up, but that is what it is going to be today.