Distance: 14.96 Miles
|Can I get a Do-Over?|
The 40th annual Bogus Basin Hill Climb took place on Sunday, Aug 18th and I decided to experience this race first-hand and get a “benchmark” for climbing to the top non-stop.
I wish I could say that I had an incredible race and defied gravity like a tiny Columbian climber. The truth is that I rode somewhat uninspired. Racing while uninspired leads to uninspiring results. I had a hard time mentally getting into the race but I rallied for a strong finish, and then botched the finale by attacking on the final corner…only it wasn’t really the final corner…it was two corners before the final corner. Doh!
I think it is very ironic that I came home from the hill climb and saw this article titled “The Transcendent Pain” on Bicycling.com. This would have been a good read over coffee BEFORE the race.
- Beyond or above the range of normal or merely physical human experience: "a transcendent level of knowledge".
- Surpassing the ordinary; exceptional.
Being a mass-start hill climb with 200+ people, it would have been a big advantage to line up near the front and try to stay with the stronger riders. I had no idea that you need to get to the start line 15-20’ early to secure a good starting position for this race. I finished my pre-race warm-up at 9:20am and the lineup was already 100 yards deep. Lesson learned.
I thought that “pacing by power” would be the smart thing to do in this race but now I am not so sure. I think that next year I will turn the power display off and just “race”. (Of course I will capture the power data so I can look at it later because I am a numbers geek)
At least I have a lot of room for improvement.