1. 48 minutes to Junction. This would mean 8 minute splits... pretty sure that wouldn't be a problem.
2. 66 minutes to Juniper. I wasn't sure how much of an effort this would be, or if I would be able to judge the effort, but well within my other Strava times.
3. 85 minutes to Lower Lot. I figured this would give me some contingency, and even a short break if I needed it.
The plan went almost perfectly. It was a little windier than I was thinking but I was within a minute of all the splits on NGR; I even slowed down a hair for the Ranches to not get ahead of myself. I was about a minute behind schedule at Juniper but that was my biggest unknown segment - so 67 minutes there. And 84 minutes at the Lower Lot so I stopped for a Hammergel and to let a couple cars go up The Wall before I started.
Passed'em-Passed-me Ratio: A whole bunch to zero. I tried to look extra smooth while I was passing people... the way I always admire smoothness in the folks that pass me.
I didn't want to beat 90 minutes by TOO much, because I figured I might try this again some time and would want to beat today's time - I was aiming for 88 minutes but turned in 87. Can't be too hard on myself though, it was a good ride.
|Wildlife Encounter: deer, Split 1|
|This guy just started descending as I went through Junction - so I passed him, and then he shadowed me all the way down.|
|I gave him multiple opportunities to pass me back but he wouldn't until The Dips were over.|