|1.||on the rivet||36 up, 2 down|
Extreme physical exertion to the point of almost giving up. Derived from bike racing in the olden days when bike seats had rivets, and in an effort not to get dropped one would slide forward on the saddle to exert maximum pressure on the pedals.
Once everyone made it to the Junction we started the descent and I was happy to see that the pace was high even on the descent. I have always thought that I was a good descender and I had the chance to really test out my skills in this group. On the bottom half of the descent I had moved to the front and kept the pace very high and after a couple of minutes I looked back to find that I had ridden all but one rider off of my wheel. Upon returning home I checked my data for the ride and found that I had improved my threshold power yet again to 280 watts (from 272 watts). I still have a bit to go until I get to my goal of 300 watts but the improvements are starting to come.
The weather looks cruddy this weekend but a couple of rain rides will be a good recovery.