Team Mission and Vision

Terrascape is a bicycle racing club, based in Calgary, developing and supporting cycling and its moral values in the community at large.

To be recognized in the Alberta cycling community as a racing club which:
*Creates a team culture that supports each members’ goal attainment,
*Is dedicated to supporting our high performance racers, and establishing a team infrastructure that meets the training needs of the club, and
*Demonstrates commitment to the organization of superb cycling events, promoting fair play and sportsmanship throughout Alberta.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Many Moments of Truth

First race of the season. I was up at 5 am and could not fall back to sleep. I could't be nervous, I've raced hundreds of times before. I always forget something. This time my aero helmet for the TT left at my front door. No worry's I had my road helmet. It was cold and I had no ear ban. New Edge 705 GPS to record my race. But I forgot to hit start. I was told my start time was 11:24 so I arrived early and went for a pee. Upon returning to my bike I was called to the line with 30 seconds to go. No problem, gloves on, push the lap button at 15 seconds and away I go. Downhill at first and then into the wind. Felt pretty good, all of thoes spin classes paid off. Up a hill and a screaming descent on the aero bars, 70 hm/h, too scared to pedal. More hills, I am feeling pretty warm, where is that turnaround? There it is, then back into a headwind? Now a tail wind, feeling pretty good. But feeling a little too warm. Here comes the screaming descent in reverse. 40 rpm with a 23 tooth gear, 10 km/h, maybe I should get off and run. Spin classes don't prepare you for this. GRAVITY SUCKS. Almost back to the start. Hit the lap button, it is noon. Cooldown with my team mate Lisa who thought she had a time of 38 minutes. I thought I had a time of 36 minutes, wow, I beat her, spin classes really do work. Get back to vehicle and strip off soaking wet clothes, I guess I really was overheating. Get back home and download my GPS. Oh, yeah, I forgot to hit start. Won't forget to do that again. Get the official results, I started 4 minutes early so Lisa (who happens to be the World Champion Master A Womans TT and Single Speed MTB Racer of Alberta) had a time of 39 minutes and I had 40 minutes. I can live with that, and can't wait for the Truth be Told TT in the fall to catch her. Thanks to Jeff's spin class I survived my first race. But what will I forget at the Prairie RouxBaix?

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