I am 60 out of 62, according to the Strava logs, riders who have recorded this climb this year. In the competition I am 38th of 39 and Sarah has recorded a time faster than I did. Sure Sarah is faster than I am, and undoubtedly sweeter and nicer, and I have no idea who Sarah is, but I was just faster than her in an earlier climb and as she is with Green Submarine Racing I held out hope I wasn’t hopeless.
And then there was the chicken. I am not the Red Lantern, escaping that distinction by one place, although I am not embarrassed if I end up there. I am competing and that is enough, and who knows what might happen. I believe the chicken was befriended by Sarah earlier and chased me as a result of my closing on Sarah’s time OR it chased me because I was turning the cranks over so slowly it thought it could catch me. I flat outran the chicken and so leave this ride with my dignity intact.
Today I learned to use my Strava Android App correctly. I recorded my whole ride for this first time and allowed Strava to cut out the competition part automatically. I am really liking how this app works although I think for the love I am giving it I should get a 10 second time bonus.