Now that I've had close to a week to ponder Stage 2, I guess I better finish up the post about it...I took some notes about it that afternoon, but I was so cold and tired from the 45-degree temperatures and rain that I couldn't finish it up and post it. Now, I don't really remember it all that well, so I decided to make my notes into bullet points:
- I rode with Brady for basically whole race. We had fun walking and talking together and I think we both rode harder for the company.
- We both had mechanicals - Brady's chain tensioner started failing and my handlebars slipped and I had to stop twice to tighten/adjust them. And then my non-drive crank arm almost fell off. But I was able to fix it with a 5mm Allen key.
- Near the end, Brady put a gap on me, but 3 mins from the end I caught him, then promptly crashed
- I finished 2nd, 25ish seconds back, so I was still 1st overall
- I think that everyone should try riding single speed. It makes you work harder and push a big gear up things you might otherwise not. I found that even though they were faster than me on the roads, I passed a lot of geared bikes on the climbs.
- One of my focuses today was to stay well fueled. Every 20-25 minutes, I took a Hammer gel, 2 Hammer endurolytes and a good swallow of Hammer HEED, then every 45 minutes a Hammer Perpetuem Solid. Unfortunately, I stopped remembering as I got tired (and colder and wetter) so I didn't feel as good at the end of the stage but that just reminded me how important it is.