I'm not over it yet, but I will be tomorrow...

I heard back from the ref at the Spirit of Racine on my penalties. This is what she had to say:

Your penalties were both on the bike. One for position and one for drafting.

The violation reports are as follows

A male rider #744 with a black/grey top on a black cannondale was within a half bike length (of the rider in front of him) in a static position without a pass

Male #744 with a black/grey top on a black cannondale was left side riding for 40 seconds
without passing anyone.

Note that these violations were on different occasions on the bike course.

I think I know when I got the drafting penalty. I got swallowed up by a group and the ref was right there. My problem is that the bike is my strength, and I can't stand getting pa
ssed. Especially by groups. I don't think I dropped back quick enough, and that's how I got nailed for drafting. I can assure you if I was going to draft intentionally, I would be sneakier than sitting a half a bike length behind someone.

The other penalty is the frustrating one. I'm not going to deny it. I ride on t
he left more than I should, but I'm usually passing people and don't typically get passed much on the bike so I'm not blocking people. And when the road is clear, I ride on the right. Those 40 seconds cost me 8 minutes.


Lesson learned. I need to pay more attention to my position on the road and not be so stubborn on the bike. If people are faster than me - even if they are drafting - I need to slow up and let them go even if it costs me a little time.

Now that I think about it, I have a better solution. I need to get faster.
If I can improve enough to start in the elite wave, I could get out there on the bike early enough I won't have to deal with the groups.

But I'm not going to dwell on it anymore. So it goes.


I decided not to be an idiot - for once - and I'm not going to do a half ironman this weekend. There's a 5K and sprint tri not far away this weekend so I'll do one of those instead. I'm giving myself two weeks to recover from Racine, more mentally than physically. I feel really good right now, but I've been training hard this year and I still have two hard training months coming up before the Great Floridian and I want to be mentally and physically ready for those.

After Florida, I'm giving myself two months to rest, relax and have some fun. I'll still train, but only as I feel like it. Then, in January, training resumes.

This time, it's for IMWI 2010. All or nothing. Kona or bust.

That's right. I want to go to Kona. I have little confidence I can pull it off, but when I think about IMWI 2010 and what I want to accomplish the only thing that gets me excited is Kona. It makes me nervous. It makes me want to swim 5 days a week, do 100 mile tempo rides, run in sub-zero temps....It makes me want to push myself to my limits, see what I'm capable of.

I have no choice. I have to go for it.


Cycling is a dangerous sport....

Jens Voigt went down hard during the Tour today. He's hurt, but it seems he's going to be okay.


That probably doesn't make you want to ride, so here are a few pictures that should. They make me want to ride.

All of these pictures were taken in New England.

Rapha Continental


bigmike600 said...

I think they should have cut everyone some slack for riding on the left some. The road on the far right was so rough that once I hit a bump and thought I chipped my tooth. At that point I rode where ever the hell I wanted to. But I'm not there for the time goals like you are so I can understand.
Jenny and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year and have already made plans to go to Kona in 2010 to watch and volunteer. It would be so cool if you made it because we would be there freaking out and cheering you on. DO WORK Mike. I have no doubt you can do it.

Mike said...


IMWI is a qualifier for the following year so if I qualify next year it would be for Kona 2011.