As a bicycle commuter I usually feel quite out-of-place among the spandex set, but once the horn sounds we are all equals in our suffering. Besides, I'll be wearing spandex too! (stupid, sexy Flanders!)
I am significantly more anxious this year than last. There are many reasons I feel like this.
First, I just finished building my bike for this. Its the same one I used last year (my aluminum Diamondback), and it performed well. However it's set up differently this year, I only rode it for the first time this morning, I installed a speed pedal system which I've never used before, and I'm not convinced my posture/geometry is going to be comfortable enough for 70km. There's a brake issue too, but I'll tackle that in another post.
Another drawback is that I am not in good "cycling" fitness. I have been runnning a lot (for a few 5km races I'm entering) but its absolutely not the same kind of fitness. It's been a cold, cold spring here in Oh! Canada and that has chased me off my regular commute. Admittedly, I have been a fair-weather commuter these past two months.
All this adds up to actual nervousness! I am trying to get into the mindset that I'll just pace myself (vernacular for "I'll be going slow" without having to actually say that) and enjoy, but I know that once that start pistol goes my competative nature will fully engage.
Wish me luck!
|Resurrecting the Diamondback.|
|I'm trying a SPD pedal for the first time.|
|I re-built this just in time for the race. I don't like front derailleurs so I'm fixed in the smallest ring for maximum off-road-ness!|
|I don't have enough gears to choose from for this race. Oh well.|