WORS #1 Iola
Sunday's race went a lot better and somewhat pain free as I worked hard for an 18th overall in the Elite category and 2nd in the 40-44 age group. I had joked about wanting some other part of my body to hurt instead of my Achilles and it did happen as I took a layer of skin off my shoulder while passing Comp racers and using a tree as a support to not fall over. My lap times were consistent with times being 21:25, 22:02, 21:57, 22:08, and 22:06 for the five lap race. This was a relief as my heavy legs from my Trans Iowa attempt had been haunting me all week and this race was my first real hard effort of the year as all of my miles have been about surviving hundreds of miles where speed isn't important. My new Specialized S-Works was awesome with this just being my second ride on the bike. The bike is fast and it climbs like a mountain goat even with the gold bling-bling chain. Also, my new sleek green Ergon GX2 series carbon team grips were amazing with the comfort and control that I've been experiencing for the last two years. No more wrist pain or hand numbness. How can you beat that? Thanks to Mr. 24 and Ergon for the hook-up this season. Time to recover and recharge this week.