Thatâ€™s how long Iâ€™ve been in Hawaii, and itâ€™s also how long I have left in Hawaii this year. I found out this weekend that I will be racing in the Mooloolaba World Cup in Queensland Australia. This is my first World Cup start, so needless to say, Iâ€™m stoked!!
Yesterday I rode up Tantalus with Oahuâ€™s two local pro triathletes, Tim Marr and Jon Flanagan (though we were each riding alone and had no idea the others were also doing the same ride and never once saw each other.). I nearly stayed in and rode on the trainer, but I had talked to Courtenay earlier and she told me about how cold and wet it was for her ride in Seattle, but she still had fun. Here was my mental monologue as I eyed my trainer while putting on cycling clothes:
â€œUgh, itâ€™s windy and rainy and my bike is sort of cleanâ€¦ ok itâ€™s not that cleanâ€¦. who rides a trainer in Hawaii? How many times do I have access to my favorite ride ever? Is it getting nice out? I might as well go.â€
And it did clear up. At least it cleared up until I started climbing, at which time it started raining with better water pressure than most hotel showers. Climbing Tantalus was wet and cold, but the descent was far worse. I never realized that drenching rain renders Shimano break pads worthless. Hereâ€™s my internal monologue as I approached turns:
â€œOk, thereâ€™s lots of water flowing across the road, I should probably be carefulâ€¦ um, Iâ€™m squeezing the brakes, why arenâ€™t I slowing down? â€¦Please slow down please slow down.. THANK YOU GOD!â€
So all-in-all a great training experience.