Dan Empfield 1
Mike Plumb 0
New open and Masters course record on the 12 mile hill climb today to the Birthday boy, Dan.
Despite being under the weather all week, I was determined not to miss Dan's challenge of racing him on his 11.6 mile climb. After a great weather day yesterday, today was sunny and cool (very cold by my standards ~ 50 degrees). Five of us started the climb. I jumped out to an early lead, but just past the halfway mark at Mile High Cafe, Dan eased up beside and over the next 5 miles gradually pulled away to a 90 second victory. We both erased hiw old course record, but neither of us broke an hour which was the ultimate goal....next time.
Monty pulled a surprise in finishing only a couple of minutes back in third, after having just completed the 500 mile ride from San Fran to LA a week earlier. Scare of the day was Monty falling down off his bike at the end causing concern about his pacemaker. The real scare was Dan and I trying to figure out who would have to give him mouth to mouth. Hey, he's your friend Dan.
So, Dan was the man today but the day is over in a couple of hours and the next time, I'm (we?) are going under an hour!
Had a great time, thanks!
Mike Plumb, TriPower MultiSports
Professional Running, Cycling and Multisport Coaching, F.I.S.T. Certified