Rett Vest 2013, how slow can you race

Was riding the race Rett Vest (straight west) today but not as a race but as the last rider. So prepared for a soft race (no preparation at all). Got a soft day except I had a bit hard on the asphalt downhill in the beginning with 34-10 gearing. Up the big famous (read: hated) climb that is 2km long and 337m (16,8%) with a lot of water and stones it took me a bit over 20min to go up. today it took 44min.

44min walking in rain with hurting left foot and a too heavy bike (can’t be light enough when you have to carry and push it) it was a pain. But took the ride with a smile as I had an easy ride and the guy in front of me had a really hard time. This someone always have it worse was correct today. Spinned on easy gears, took the climb up Bontveit at around 133 in heartrate on 34-42 while the people in front of me fighting to not have to step of their bike. Worked with encouragement today and as a women who ended last was thanking me it seemed to work.

57km race, it took me 4h11min. One hard climb, one short we also had to walk, otherwise just relaxing and came to the finishline with 125 in average heart rate 😉 Good for me to have an easy ride for once, don’t remember last time.

To give a glimpse of a normal view today. On top of the big climb:

But today it was water everywhere, just laughed seeing a lake instead of a rocky trail. To much water.

The funny thing is that we rode asphalt, gravel, trails today in that order but close the where the picture is there is awesome singletracks made for Trail/Endurobikes. Got to go there and ride for real sometimes.

After the race and some talking about how it was, which one that hasn’t come to the finishline and eaten some soup I went home. 40min riding with a bag across Bergen. Stepped the pace up and passed 3 roadcyclists and 1 car. The bike was awesome today except the fork that is leaking oil and got a lock-out that doesn’t seem to work proper. Have to send it to service tomorrow, said with a fork not even used 10 times.

Stats and map: Movescount (and for knowing I rode the same race last year on 2h47min)

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