Thanks Al, yeah it's easy enough to get rid of a corn but I guess it'd just come back with my shoe aggravating it like that. It's shrunk a lot since I swapped shoes, still there but doesn't bother me.Fri18/5
MTB 4hrs Jaizki
Plan said "enjoy riding for an hour or so", so I took the chance to dust off the Yeti on the condition I just winched up the hills in the granny ring. Stayed a out a bit too long, didn't feel that good - a bit vague, then like a bonk even though I ate enough. Lack of sleep I think. No views from the mountain thanks to low cloud, bit of a disaster really, although I nailed everything on the descent which I was worried about having had >2mths off the MTB.Sun 20/5
"Race" day, Vuelta a Gipuzkoa
3h40, 110km, 1900m
No goals for this, other than to stay in the fast group and finish fucked. I managed both
Started with a small field (I guess about 300 though many would have been doing the 70km route) thanks to pouring rain which had been forecast all week. Forecast was spot-on, heavy rain all day but it was at least warmish and vertical so no complaints from me.
On the climb out of town, it was pretty easy to spot the fast group before it had even formed. Small, fast looking French bloke - check. Out of town club kits - check. Scary young lad lurching from wheel to wheel ready to cause a pile up - check!
Pace was pretty gentle, 35kmh to the foot of the first climb, a good thing in those conditions. Over Zudugarai easy, descended into Zarautz and out onto the coast road. Still an easy pace with waves sploshing over one side of the road and mountain runoff over the other. Never been so wet! Dramatic though, with the police motos flying past your ear.
Meagas. 3km x 8%. I started at the back, a gap opened with French bloke towing up a small group. I managed to get across to it before the top, giving me a PB of 10m06s
but the treacherous descent brought everyone back together anyway. Wet tree blossom on the road made it super slippery, a deadly assassin that looks pretty as you slide across the road into a tree! Pace went up over the next flat 10km to the start of the day's biggest climb to Urraki. 9km x 7% with ramps of over 10%. Again, I was too far back when the gaps opened. But managed to get across again, I sat at 175bpm until I got there, another PB of 30m55s
! That turned out to be the selection, about 10 of us went over the top. Minus the lurchy dangerous kid which made me feel a bit safer on the descent!
Somehow survived the descent without incident, heart in mouth with almost no brakes. Into the town of Tolosa, potholes, sharp bends with manhole covers and shiny road markings
then along the river (chance to eat and take off some wet clothes which were just making me cold) to my 'bogey' climb to Alkiza, 4km x 7%. This time I started on the front. French bloke, me, and a Leitza rider went off the front, they dropped me, and I waited to be caught but... nothing. Looked around, noone behind. Kept on the rivet to go over the top with another PB of 14m
, 2m faster than the last time (though I did blow up then) and caught the front 2 on the descent. Then back up to around 7 for the lumpy final 20km. French guy stopped when his mate punctured at Urnieta, we didn't see them again until the finish, we hit the final hill with a group of 5. The guy from Leitza went off again, I tried to hold his wheel but my left quad was cramping up. Got to the top with another PB
! I remember grovelling up that in 2010, so quite pleased.
Descended into the city as a group of four, and crossed the line together (bad form to sprint in a sportive
) and the crash I was expecting all day didn't happen until I t-boned the Leitza guy just after the line
and ended up on the floor. Luckily I didn't fold his deep section Corima... The French lads came in just a couple of minutes later, so must have had plenty in reserve to fix a flat and almost catch us in only 20km
So pretty happy with that, 2nd over the line even if it wasn't a race! No doubt better weather would have seen some faster riders out but their loss, hope they enjoyed the lie-in! All that excitement, and home just in time for the Giro coverage
"No se deja de pedalear cuando se envejece.
Se envejece cuando se deja de pedalear"