1. Had some work done on my bike this week. I just wanted to have it looked over before I get any closer to the HIM. Some issue with the brakes, possibly a result of the issue I had during the metric century. It appears to have caused the break cable to be just on the edge of breaking and boy am I glad that’s fixed. With some of the rides I have coming up the last thing I want to do is end up without a back break. Lucky for me I have “a bike guy” who’s previous (and now side job) is “fixing what’s fun between your legs” So if you need "a bike guy" in the Denver area let me know. I would be happy to pass on his name.
2. Speaking of rides coming up.... the plan for this weekend is to ride the Boulder Peak course with Kathleen and see just what I’m up against with Old Stage hill. I’ve heard many things about this “hill” and none of them make me any less worried. It comes approximately 6 miles into the bike course, and climbs about 600’ over about 2/3’s of a mile at a 15% grade. I’ve heard there are people standing along the sides cheering, or waiting for you to fall over... I’m not sure which. I’ve also heard that many people end up walking this “hill” during the race. Coming down the other side, because of the danger they have imposed a 35mph speed limit. And sadly a man was killed on this descent just last week.
3. Speaking of the HIM....45 DAYS!!! OMG! A MONTH AND A ½!!!!! 6 ½ WEEKS!!!!