26 min. 40 sec.
From S/S to S/S
This simple message is haunting me. Taunting me. Smackin' me down. That note records a time trial result I used to do on a local road. It is a pretty constant 8 mile climb and in earlier times I ran it with a heart rate monitor and a cycling computer to train with...measure myself against.
I long since stopped using a heart rate monitor and I have no use for a cycling computer, so I kinda lost track of any measured times. But I still ride this, especially on the singlespeed, and I have a pretty good idea how long it takes me. Let's say 50 minutes, a bit less on the road bike. 50 minutes. Fifty. Five...Oh. Not 26 minutes and 40 seconds. Not even close. How can that even be?
Well, the other day I did that ride again and kept the pace up as fast as I could manage on the SS. Yep...50 minutes. So how is it possible that I used to be...what?...twice as fast? No way. I would need a scooter or something. So I am left with the only real possibility...I wrote it down wrong. I remember it being 46 minutes 40 secs.
Now I know that I am not the rider I used to be, but I don't think I am that much slower. The other day I rode up The Beast, another local hill climb, dirt this time, that is a 3-ish mile butt kicker of a climb. I did that in 40 minutes. That is as fast as I ever have done this climb, at least as I can remember. A local fast guy I know who used to be a top ranked Expert/decent Pro racer said he did that in 30 minutes. Wow. Well, if that number on that yellow note is right, and I used to be that much faster, then in ages past I should have been able to do The Beast in half the time it took me the other day. Never happened.
So I really want to think that I wrote that note wrong. Otherwise I used to be really fast and I sure don't remember it that way.