Lakeside – Saturday 28 February 2008.
Emotions – anticipation, excitement, trepidation.
Anticipation and excitement.
Lakeside is the Hamilton Club’s home circuit however I have only raced their once before.
It has recently been upgraded and re-surfaced so I was looking forward to seeing what it was like.
Lakeside is also a very different circuit to Nundah it that it is twice the distance, has a much, much longer straight and ridden clockwise, is usually into the wind. There also 2 distinct hills to challenge the legs.
My other interest in Lakeside is linked to being a part time motor sport fan. Lakeside was for many years the premier Queensland venue for motor sport and a place where legends were born. It would be great to do well there.
I have had a fairly heavy exercise schedule this week involving harder than usual week day rides, and a particularly hard Friday ride. I also added some swimming sessions to my schedule so I was not sure how my legs would be under pressure.
Also, my one race at Lakeside in March 2007 was a rather inglorious affair in that I was blown out the back after about 15 minutes.
It was tough and the field worked pretty hard. As the race progressed, the rises became hills, the hills became climbs and the climbs became mountains. And the pace remained constant.
At about the 20 minute mark I was thinking I would see breakfast for the second time and talking to other riders after the event, others had the same feeling at about the same time.
I did manage to do ok and walked away with the win in a 3 up sprint.
I was absolutely spent – and absolutely delighted.
On Tuesday I have a full heart review including stress test with the Cardiologist. Hopefully I will be allowed to go up a grade next week.
Now for some training at Mt Coot-tha in the morning.