Thursday, September 18, 2008

Clarks TT

I'm in Utah today and through the weekend. I've got a job interview lined up for tomorrow afternoon, but the important thing is I finally got a chance to do the Clark's TT. It was the first time I had ridden that trail, or rather the first time I'd ridden it knowing what it was--I rode it with Fatty a couple of years ago, but it was three days after he did the Kokopelli Trail Race, so the pace was pretty mellow. That time it was just part of a longer loop, so I didn't pay it any particular attention.

All I can say is that trail leaves no place to hide. I was on my single speed and kept waiting for a flat spot so I could sit down, but it never happened. I didn't have my HRM on, but I'm sure I was over 180 for at least eight minutes. I remember looking at my watch four minutes in, hoping it would be over soon. It was not encouraging to realize I was only about 1/3 of the way done. Anyway, I finished in 11:13. I was hoping for a sub-12, so I'm pretty happy with that time. Of course, now I want to go back for a sub 11.

After the ride, Kris and I tooled around on Ghost Falls and a few other trails. Nice time--it was fun to ride through the burned-over section, too. Big thanks to Kris for playing tour guide, since I'd have never even found Clark's without him.