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I participated in my first Granfondo yesterday. I only had 3 goals: don't crash, not last, no walks of shame. Success on all 3 fronts. I hate riding in close quarters and the ride starts with a climb so I was pretty anxious before the ride. The hub rode in it as well and although he said repeatedly he was just going to ride with me, he dropped me 10 km into the 160 km ride. I kept him in sight until the start of a KOM segment (I was just 2s behind him at that point) and then saw him start to power up the climb like he thought he could actually compete for the title. Anyhoo, I wasn't bothered, thought "go do your thing hub". Apparently at the top of the climb he decided to stop at the aid station and wait for me but being the master communicator he is (not), he didn't tell me this was his plan and when I cruised by some 90s after he finished the climb, he didn't notice me. I ended up finishing the ride 35 minutes ahead of him despite taking time to IG a selfie at the 90 km aid station. Eliminating aid-station stops and the waiting for me he claimed he was doing, his actual ride time was 6:02 compared to my 5:57. Consider me smug.
Check out the matchy-matchiness of my jersey from last year (Coeur) with these bib shorts (Safetti) and the sock porn. I should get a time bonus.
Having enjoyed myself so much at my first Fondo a couple of weeks ago, 3 days later, after maybe 1 or 2 glasses more wine than was advisable, I signed up for another one... just a baby Fondo (50 km). They made all the short distance riders start in the last corral. Maddening. It took me 30 minutes to go 11 km. After that I'd gotten around enough of the slow 100/160km riders that I could have some fun. There was no pack to ride with so I was really surprised at the finish when there was hardly anybody there! 1st AG, 2nd female, 4th overall. I love my bike.
Annual Canada Day Swim... I swam a personal worst for the 2K - losing some time trying to find the mythical 6th orange buoy that was on the course map but not actually out on the lake. I thoroughly enjoyed myself though and never expect much from a swim, so... yay for coming 4/7 in my AG. I know someone has to be last but I'm glad it wasn't me today!
I do think there’s a difference between those who dope and the course cutters. When the Julie Miller shit hit the fan, I concluded that it’s not about the win (since she knew she didn’t win) but that she must get a thrill out of planning and successfully executing the deception.