Mt. Wash practice coming up

178 pounds on the dot this morning. January 1st was twelve pounds and six months ago.

Right now I can say, unquestionably, that I’ve never been as lean and this strong. Albeit only a week removed from being sick, I feel really good, and I’m in a terrific position to mount Sunday’s attack on Washington.

Well…

Attack. We shall see who attacks who. This time I’m taking the Langster with an XTR crank up front, 22t chainring, and a Soma 23t fixed cog out back. No respite, no bailout gear, as Andy and I mused last night, this will either be brilliance or colossal failure.

I know the auto road fairly well. I have a number of opportunities to break up the monotony of straight-ahead grinding, and I know where they are. I also know how bad some of the brutal sections can be. I’ll be pretty conservative through miles 5 and 6 to be sure. I think knowing that I have to be conservative will help me roll out the effort; something I am never able to get right here.

In 2008, when I was last in this kind of shape, I ran a 22×26 minimum setup on gears, and was able to make 1:34. The thought is that the 23, combined with the extra something special from running fixed gear, will be enough to get there. I hope so. If the weather gets nasty, or I bonk, I am supremely hosed.

But if I make it…

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