When I woke up I was PISSED!!!! I was having the race of my life when it was taken away from me. Boo!
And then I remembered something! My saving grace....
The Pat Griskus Olympic, Saturday June 16th, Quassy Amusement Park.
You read that? Quassy Amusement Park. That's right folks! Same area, same terrain, some similar roads between the Rev3 and Pat Griskus courses. This will be my REVENGE race.
First I cleared it with Coach. His response?
"Jon, you have endurance. I could ask you to ride 6 hours tomorrow, and it would be no big deal for you. Let's work on your speed even more. Use this race as one last speed tune up for Mont Tremblant 70.3 the following weekend."
And it was done. Was registered on active.com 2 mins later.
So two race weekends in a row? BRING IT!!!! Not the first time actually. I did my first two sprints back to back, but they were sprints and that was 4 years ago. This is a pretty hilly Olympic where I am racing for blood followed by a 70.3 up in Canada, eh, where I will also be racing for a good time (and course recon-ing as well).
After that nap, talking with my coach, registering for my race, I did that 90 min run, but then went back up to Quassy on Sunday to spectate and ride the Griskus course for 4 hours. If I am going to race for blood, I want to know the course, especially with how technical and hilly it is. I really wasn't confident on the technical parts of the Rev3 course and prolly would have lost time to my competition. This time I want KNOW the course better.
Finally, I swear that this is just a coincidence, and I don't want to get ahead of myself here, but this race is also a USAT Olympic National Championships qualifier in Burlington, VT on Saturday August 18th. See where I am going here? IMMT 140.6 is Sunday August 19th and is only 3.5 hours away from Burlington!!! It would just be a tuneup! (gotta qualify first of course.....riiiiiiight)
And, will someone please knock Jon over the head. Thanks!
But seriously, riding the Pat Griskus course on Sunday not only had me questioning life while climbing 5300 feet over 58 miles, but I know why this course is so tough. It just made the Rev3 course look like a downhill course! Had I ridden this course before signing up, I might have NOT signed up. Too late now! Haha!
|Pat Griskus Bike Elevation|
|Elevation from Sunday's Recon ride.|
June is gonna be another race filled fun month!