Warning: you are about to read (or not) another Haute Route article. Why? because in the last few days I have started to mentally gravitate towards the fact that the HR is, well, a fact. It hit me today that I work much better if I have a clear idea of what I’m working towards, and that I should probably make myself an objective for this race (‘finishing’ is so 2011…). Therefore, I spent the last hour working on my but (goal, in French).
I remember from my manager days in Tokyo that my buts should be SMART. Although I don’t remember what each letter stands for I am pretty sure the first one is ‘Specific’. Well, if it’s not ‘finishing’ then I need a number, right? Right. So here’s what I did.
I found the Haute Route results from this year and copied names of riders, starting near the top…just in case, and pasted them into the Etape du Tour Act One results search from the month before. Amazingly, I got a bunch of hits, i.e. there were many riders who did both races this year. This isn’t surprising, I think, since the Etape would be perfect training for the HR. Anyway, I went down the list till I hit a few riders from the Etape who had similar rankings as mine and came up with what I think could be called a semi-scientific idea of what my imaginary ranking would have been in this year’s Haute Route:
180th place and 8 hours down on the 1st place finisher (Peter Pouly – 8th in the Etape incidentally).
So, now that I had a place to start, I factored in the following to finalize my but:
- I bonked badly on that Etape, so the ‘real’ me would have done better.
- I should be stronger next year…theoretically.
- This race is breaking the bank. I need some results.
Then I looked at time, instead of ranking, and randomly figured that I should be able to take 2 hours over 7 days off the above imaginary time that never happened. That’s a mere 17 minutes a stage.
This brought me down to 111th place and 6 hours down on the winner.
But of course, if you’re going to set your goal for 111th place you might as well just knock off 11 more and make it an even 100. But then, if it’s 100 I suppose the obvious thing would be to bring it down to double digits, since it looks so much faster.
Therefore, let the interwebs know, my but for next year’s Haute Route is 99th place (or lower, hrumph..)!