Big night last night. Got to get all tuned up for the summertime hardman classics. How embarrassing is it going to be for me to get my ass dropped at Lost River? Very. Being, you know, old, I have to be careful about mid-season deterioration of fitness. Racing seems to compromise my ability to race well. The chamber doesn't hold that many rounds.
In an effort to address this situation, I rolled promptly from work with the intent of getting in some LT and tempo work before the Goon Ride. The Mass Ave hill in Glen Echo has a great 3' interval that's a good indicator for me (relevant to the recent GJ poll), so I hit that to finish the warmup, then do my 20' roll out MacArthur from the heated bridge to Great Falls and back. It's either die or get killed on that sumufabist most nights. If you stay in the car traffic lanes, you've got some psycho absolutely screaming (and I mean these guys are like dogs in full cry - it's nuts) to "GET IN THE BIKE LANE THAT I GRACIOUSLY BOUGHT FOR YOU WITH MY PERSONAL TAX DOLLARS." You go outbound in the bike lane, God help you with the chunderheads cutting the corners on all their right hand turns, putting the entire passenger side half of their car into the bike lane. And if you yell or wave a plea to them not to kill you, it's like a personal insult. You also have the people who just plain pull over into the bike lane to have a chat (should we be thankful they're doing that instead of talking while driving?), or just go ahead and park there. You can't win for playing.
The Goon itself was fairly tame. We were joined by an out of state visitor in full BAR regalia, that was cool. Couple of tangles that made no sense, one leaving a traffic light. The other one, I don't know what happened. We were going up a rise and there was just a very loud noise of cleats scraping on the ground. Tale of the tape was like 51 miles over 2.5 hours at something like 275w NP. Not bad for a Thursday night.
Very excited for a long weekend. Don't blow your thumb off like a friend of mine from high school did.