After Vegas 70.3 Champs, I’ve been easing into my off season by mainly biking and enjoying TRX sessions twice a week. I think it’s healthy to step away from structured training and work on weaknesses in the off season. I’ve been loving TRX and am now signed up for twice a week through the end of the year.
Until my recent move to the San Francisco Peninsula, I lived just a few miles from Mt Diablo in the East Bay. My riding buddies would join me at least once a month for the climb and it was always fun to push each other. This was the first year that the Diablo Challenge didn’t conflict with my family camping trip, so I was excited to join my buddies in suffering up the 11mi with 3,300 ft of climbing fun.
It was a brisk morning where you needed arm warmers for at least the start. My plan was to go get a PR and work hard, especially on the second half of the climb. I was in the second wave that started 5min after the guys aiming to finish in under an hour. I will capture that distinction next year and earn my yellow under and hr shirt!
I started off strong, but knew I didn’t quite have the pop I needed to go sub 60min. I made sure to keep my HR elevated and worked hard. My old neighbor Markus was always lurking right behind me, as he was having his best climbing day ever.
I had finished off a bottle of Powerbar Perform pre-race and had one full bottle for the race. I also did use a Double Latte energy gel at the half way point for that extra energy I needed!
I was definitely in the pain cave on the second half and was actually suffering in my granny gear on a couple of occasions. I fought through and turned one last hairpin turn before the last 1/2mi suffer fest to the finish. That is when I saw Markus and I started to hammer to make sure to gap him. Later he said he saw the move and countered to make sure I didn’t get too far away. Even though he was having a great day, he was on the line and unsure of what would happen in he tried to pass me…or so he said
It was a great ride and would highly suggest everyone give it a shot, as it was a great race. I will be back next year and get that yellow shirt!
Here are two random things I saw out there on the ride: