I had my biked tuned up earlier this week and hadn't yet tried it out, so I went for a short ride yesterday. I included some hills, because I wanted to test myself out as well. Bad news on both counts.
First, when I shifted into my easiest gear, the chain was rubbing somewhere, so the gear wasn't even usable. Um, I'm going to need that one in the race! And second, I'm really, really awkward and inefficient at standing up on the pedals. I think I'm going to need that in the race, too.
So today I went back to the bike shop and got problem one fixed. When I told the guy that I was going to ride up Bridger Pass on Sunday, he dryly commented, "Yeah, you're going to need that gear." (Of course, I already knew that, but it was so much worse when he said it.) I didn't even tell him about problem two.