OK, today was a killer, serious.
I don´t race anymore, not for over 2 and a half years. And I ride my bike 2/3times a month (work is busy).
Today with Quickstep we did 5hrs 30mins. Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. The first climb, after about 10km, was done at a blistering pace! Tom Boonen on the front ripping it up.....
then once we reached the top, the climb is about 9km, we made a quick descent into a village, through there, then onto a long climb..... 13km.
"OK Jay Cee, just try and hang in there", I told myself
after a while with my heart beating so fast that it was virtually exploding out of my chest and my back I had to hold onto the car at times, just to try and regain some sort of consciousness of the world and what was going on! The accelerations out of the corners/hairpins were insane! Something that I simply don´t have the legs for since stopping racing and training, but I battled on and regained at times.
Onwards we went, at the top of the climb we stopped, so they can change their undervests to a dry one.
Then a short descent into a village, then it ramps up again. This was the killer, my legs at this point were screaming, the lactate had built up and there was so much it was almost bursting through my veins.
Then we made a really fast descent which went on forever, I have to say, I think I live in one of the nicest areas to train in.
Then we turned onto a road, one of those roads that drags on and on, and has sharp turns just to kill your speed!
Battled over the top of the hill, having swallowed a PSP Smart1 Gel with extreme ease!
Then we descended a little around some twisty bends before climbing again, i was really just trying to get into a rhythm up these climbs. Then Maarten Wynants went back to the car for a can of drink, gave me half of it, as I poured it down my throat I dreamt it was my favourite beer....
Then after a short toilet stop we continued, this time heading towards my biggest fear, another climb!
This climb is a really nasty one. Ramping up insanely steep at times, even the directors were shocked at it! Big Gert Steegmans was on the front up there, and was really pushing on. I was glad to reach the top, because then I knew, that there was probably no more climbs for the day.
And I was right, except for one small rise about 25km from home, which i nearly blacked out on.
Then home, not sure of distance, but it was 5hrs 30mins.
I´m not totally shattered, but I have felt better. Much better.
Sorry for no photo´s from todays adventure, but I really didn´t have the energy to take any.
When we arrived back, some of the riders gave me the thumbs up for keeping up.
Tomorrow is a rest day for the lads. Time for them to adjust the position on their new TT Bikes etc. Hope to get some photo´s then.