I traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska, this weekend with friends to ride in a 150 mile race called Gravel Worlds. The country side was fantastic. The gravel was a funky mixture of what felt like riding on sand/fine gravel. The gravel is definitely not the hard chunky stuff we have around here. The guys of the Pirate Cycling League put on a great event and I’ll definitely go back next year! I had so much fun hanging out in Lincoln with friends for a weekend of cycling!!
How’d I do? First of all let me say congratulations to Tim and Kristi Mohn and Jeff Young. All three finished strong on a course that was 150 miles of nothing but rollers. Way to represent Emporia! Me? I rode 84.7 miles of the 150 miles and called it quits. I felt physically fine. No cramps. Butt hurt a little due to lack of seat time but really, no excuses. I was just…done. I tried to rationalize it. Every time someone asked me “why?” I came up with a different answer. All the answers sounded lame though. The same thing happened to me at Farmhouse Classic. Just decided I was done.
The answer finally hit me on the way home today and I’m not sure what to do about it. It’s a simple answer really and I can’t believe it took me this long to figure it out. I simply need to get stronger and I need to get faster so I feel like I’m competitive. My bailout point the past two long races came at the point when my pace had slowed down to where the field was gaining on me, rather than me working my way through the field. I could still have finished the course but at such a slow pace…my fellow riders would have been waiting hours for me. I don’t need to be Top 20 faster but…I need to get faster.
So now that I have the answer, what do I do? No idea. Free time is something I treasure with my family so we’ll see. May have to start a Thompson Family cycling club.
Until then, I’ll keep going to these wonderful events and meeting some great people and great riders!