Race Report: Oredigger Classic Hill Climb

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Photo by John Westergard

Second year of giving the Oredigger Classic Hill Climb up Lookout Mountain in Golden a try.  I really just wanted to beat my time from last year, and otherwise didn’t really care.

I met up with a teammate and rode about 9 miles to the start.  Pretty hard warmup for me, and I was at 170-180 heart rate the whole way there which worried me as I’m not use to running myself ragged on a warm up.  They had a great guy as a holder who I utilized so I wouldn’t have to fiddle to clip in (I’ve suddenly lost the ability to clip into my Look Keo pedals quickly and easily, not sure what’s up with me).  I sprinted off the start and settled down.  I love Lookout as it’s a pretty “gradual” climb that is 1200 feet over 4.5 miles.  “Gradual,” ha!  Meaning that it just never gets crazy steep.  Fairly quickly I passed 3 other girls in my category, which is not something I’m use to happening in a time trial.  I was caught by Rachel Joyce, a professional triathlete, about a mile in, and otherwise wasn’t passed, which was strange.  The wind was OK, just a headwind on some westerly sections.  I found myself thinking that I wasn’t going out as hard as I should, but my power numbers were telling a different story.

I ended up with a 28:07 time, which was 4 minutes faster than last year!  And this was good enough for 9th place in SW4 out of 20… my first top ten road finish with a field that big!  Whoop whoop!  Kinda crazy to do that well, I wasn’t expecting it.  I spend so much time telling everyone I’m a slow roadie that can’t climb… but maybe I’m ok at climbing kinda?  I also set a new 20 minute power record at 230, which bumped my FTP to 218.  Sigh, the days of “easy” rides on the trainer are done for!

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Photo by Ryan Muncy

My teammates!  (Photo by Sharon Madison)

My teammates! (Photo by Sharon Madison)

So I declare this race a success!  Always nice to be able to see myself improve over the previous year!

 

 

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