Major thunderstorms rolled through this morning. Afterward the temps were nice and cool. I don’t think it got hotter than 75 today. Chris and K.C., Kieth, Carson and I hit the road for 2.5 hours today. We climbed Squaw Peak Road, and since I usually plan a TT up that road around my birthday, I decided today was as good as any to hammer it. Last year I set a PR of 29:29, early this year I missed breaking it by 5 seconds, riding casually. So I knew I had a very good chance of setting a new mark. Today I felt strong, and just mashed big gears up the entire 4.3 mile climb. I came in at 27:56. I am pretty happy with the time, especially with the signifigant improvment over my previous best.
The next couple of weeks will be a build period as I try and peak for the E100 on the 26th. One of the things I am working on is leg strength and power. If I learned anything from the E50, it is that the E100 is going to wreak havoc on the legs. More so than other races. I pity, and admire, those of you on singlespeeds. The climbs are long and demanding, the legs are constantly working. Even the downhills require a lot of out of the saddle action, so the legs are being pounded from start to finish. But hey, we wouldn’t have it any other way right?
Twice a year Salt Lake plays home to the Outdoor Retailer Show. Aug 10-11 I will be helping out Scott and the fine folks from Wingnut Gear at the show. After all the help Scott has provided me this year, it is really the least I can do. I am looking forward to scoping out some of the upcoming ’07 products from a bunch of quality retailers out there. I will of course have the camera on hand, and post any interesting and relevant things I see.
Allright, that’s all I got.