As ELF can tell you, the Thursday night TRIATHLON INTERVAL ride has (over the years) excepted an equal amount of roadies. Hey...let's ride. This year the ride was more of a VO2 workout than a true interval workout - until last night. Right after the warm up, on the very first interval I scream out "DOUBLE!" which is a 2.2 mile long interval and really fries the roadies cookies as they cannot draft until the end and sprint...it is real work. Second interval, "DOUBLE!" This happened six times in a row and as the roadies were crying...we did one single. Then on the very next interval the triathletes screamed out "TRIPLE!" We finished with several more doubles for a total of 1:40 minutes of great, time trial specific work. Most of the roadies who ride on the front took their ball and went home after 60 minutes.
This was a really hard ride. Most of the ride I was not drafting which forced me to reach into my "suitcase of courage" more than a few times to stay out in the wind. This forced me onto the front of the chase pack and not the mid-front peleton. ELF will be happy to know that TWICE...once I sensed that the Mayor and "Lunchbox" were on my wheel I rode them off my wheel with considerable ease.
I'm sure a lot of guys from the ride are hurting today.
Next week...my Lynskey time trial bike comes out (OK...whatever, the Blade - but mine was made by the Lynskey's and was the cat's meow in 1998.) I am already thinking DA 10 upgrade and some new cranks arms (shortening to 172.5 from 175mm) for 2009.
PS: roadies...leave your iPods at home next week you losers. Another reason I didn't ride in the front group. You shouldn't need an iPod to "help you hold your cadence" on a group ride if you are a CAT 3 or 4. Give me a break. It is also very dangerous.