Entries opened up for the Death Valley Spring double this morning. In past years this event has sold out in the first hour but this morning I managed to get in without problems some one and a half hours after the registration went live (the recession ?). I was pretty competitive when I rode it on the Bacchetta back in 2010 with a 6th place and a time of 11h20m and I am hoping to repeat that in 2012. I might ride it on the Musashi instead of the Bacchetta just to get it’s first double under it’s belt. I have no idea yet just what the performance difference will be between the two bents but on paper the Musashi is 3-4 pounds heavier than my Corsa. The Musashi should arrive before the end of November.
After my rather disappointing hill workout session on the Corsa on Saturday I decided to have another go over my lunch hour today. I just went for two hills today but I also rode pretty hard on the bits in between so it was a really good workout. I really pushed hard on the “Cross Road Climb” and it was a headwind again just like at the weekend. I was a whole minute faster today than Saturday but I really hammered with an average pulse of 162bpm (138bpm Saturday) and a maximum of 175bpm (146bpm Saturday) which is pretty close to my recumbent max.
The second climb was the much more difficult Flynn Road and I also rode this one hard. I was nearly 4 minutes quicker than Saturday and I hit 175bpm on the steep section. This one really hurt but it was a good hurt and I felt as if I was getting some bent climbing legs back.
It was a really good quality hour long workout and another really nice day to ride.