I finished in 1 hour 5 minutes (unofficial results). Not where I wanted to be as far as time, nevertheless, this time trial showed me areas that I need to work on. This is my first road bike race I have ever done, 12 miles, 3,000 feet of climbing.
Click on this picture to view the profile of today's climb
When climbing mountains, it is best to look to Lance for some wisdom. He said:
This is not Disneyland, or Hollywood. I'll give you an example: I've read that I flew up the hills and mountains of France. But you don't fly up a hill. You struggle slowly and painfully up a hill, and maybe, if you work very hard, you get to the top ahead of everybody else.
In some sections of today's race, I was in pain. Just shows I need to ride some more this week. So, I have decided to increase my bike training a notch in order to meet some personal goals. What does "notch" exactly mean in this case? More long rides, one 4-5 hour ride a week.
I will post pictures and results soon.