I hit the road at 10AM with Michael B, of Four Burgers fame. We suffered through some heavy headwinds to get to the Jonny Kelly statue on Comm Ave. @ about 10:45.
The statue is a little setback from the road but it’s the marker of Mile #20 on the Boston Marathon Course and it’s at the base of the last hill of the Heartbreak Hill.
We met up with Leo, the Ltrain Master of Pain, and head out for a modified Dover loop. Leo was intent on doing some bodily damage to himself which meant that Michael and I were in for some pain.
Leo was wavering between 290 and 340 watts for a good part of the ride and on several occasions passed me going uphill on his 35lb Black Train bike. Very impressive. Also, it was totally humbling since I think my bike weighs in around 17lbs.
The total ride was right around 3 hours with Leo peeling off to put in some more M (of S&M) efforts on Summit Ave.
The roads were a little soggy and none of us had functioning fenders so there was some spray consumed.
Leo and I did a little breakaway paceline effort on the final approach into Needham/Newton. He was holding about 390 watts and I was able to manage about 340-350. We traded pulls for about a mile or so and it felt really good to go fast.
The weather held up well as it was about 55 degrees by the time I rolled back home. We spotted Shane heading out on the route… good to see other thresholders out there taking advantage of the winter reprieve.
Looking forward to setting up and following a program. Leo is proof that dedication and a plan can yield some serious results. The dude is going to flatten the Cat 3s this year…. like pennies on the train tracks.