Yep, it's the start of the stage race season for us uuber amateur, masterette fatties - the Madera Stage Race. This year promises to be a good 20 degrees cooler than last year, which should make it oh-so-much-more pleasant out there. However, it will be less of a test of how things will fare at the almost-guaranteed-to-be-super-hot Kern County Women's Stage Race.
Looks like the W4 is shaping up to be a bit more competitive this year. I'll probably have to work a little harder if I want to replicate that 10th place from last year (which I moved up to from last place during the road race due to flat tires and attrition). I will likely be the sole representative of our team, so may have to broker some deals out there. I'm not below bribing temporary team mates with ice cold chocolate milk and other such niceties. And, I do have a real TT setup this year, so hopefully won't replicate my last place finish there.
I've been working on my fitness and have a nice fat layer stored up for the final, 51 mile assault. Of course, that assumes my heart rate will be low enough to actually tap into the fat layer. If not, there is always the promise of replenishing the glycogen stores at the Dairy Queen on the way out of town. I swear, the truck-stop DQ is one of the best things happening in Madera. I can taste that chocolate-malty-ice-cream-headache specialness already.