I’ve heard stories of the Tuesday night hammer ride around Mercer Island and have always brushed it off as a rumor.
Tonight Dustin and I joined in and Holy crap that was fast.
When Patrick Stanko rolled up I got scared. I haven’t done any speed work since LWV 3 and that feels like ions ago. I knew there was no way I would be at the front of this group. Luckily, Patrick rode off. Probably to make someone else feel really really slow.
We were a group of about 10, rolling counter clockwise around Mercer. slowly at first over the first two rollers and then settled into a nice pace. Then Aaron Shaw rolled off the front and it was on. I sat between 2nd and 5th wheel for most of the first few miles and even road off the front with Aaron and a Second Ascent guy for a bit and then came that short steep hill. Aaron attacks and then Dustin blows past me on the left. I fight to hold on to third and get taken out by a Garage. 4th isn’t so bad I guess :-) We continue on East Mercer until the park and turn around. On the way back I roll off the front solo on the first false flat and am gone for a half mile before Dustin and Second Ascent flies past me. Aaron and I sit on the front with Hazzard and just wait for them to come back. When we finally catch, Aaron puts in a HUGE effort and strings it out bad as we hit the longish hill and I get popped off the back. Thankfully Dustin waits for me and we spin back to Leschi together.
I’m sitting here now with a Mondo Burrito from Taco Del Mar and a Bud Light, contemplating swapping out the bottom bracket on the BMC. OR I could do laundry. Clean clothes are overated.
Bike – Flyte SRS2 50-34 x 11-21 Ksyrium SL wheels
Lunch – Subway foot long tuna, pepperjack on wheat
Ride food – Power bar and a small bottle of HEED
Weight – FAT :-)