Got my vo2 max tested for free today as part of a study at Rockhurst college. I'm not really sure how to reference the score of 53.3 that I got, but the guy said it was pretty good? I'll go with that.
Raced the Tour of Hermann RR last Sunday, it didn't go that great. I knew it was a hilly course, and I did a ton of hill repeats in the last 3 months, but it just wasn't enough. Right from the get go it was up up up, down, then up up again. As we crested the KOM climb, 10 miles in, I wasn't that far off the back, maybe 5 or 6 bike lengths, but I had to take 30 seconds to not puke my guts out, and in that time I was dropped big and bad. Spent the last half of the lap pushing a decent pace with Joe and a few others only to call it at the start finish. Spent the next hour or so in the Barrel Bar massaging my bruised ego with the germantown burger and a Guinness.
Bike racing has many faces, that day it was brutal and masochistic, not unlike the expression you might get from Genghis Khan or Bob Berdella just before you meet your final demise. Luckily there are are plenty of days that show you the more fun and rewarding side as well. Like last night at TNW where a couple fast guys sat in with us in the B race to help launch an attack, offer pulls, or a good lead out. Got to give it up to Mark Cole and Eric Finks for taking the time to show us B's a thing or two.