It started off with a much needed rest week. After losing Rosco and a hard training week I was smashed and really really looking forward to a rest week. We even took it up another notch and mid week cruised up to Eagle River for some ultimate relaxation.
Sunday morning we took a short 2:00 drive from Eagle Rive to Wausau to get ready for round #3. I arrived to the familiar venue to hear the stories of all the course changes, the new start, the rock garden....
The only thing that really concerned me was the different start. Much much shorter, so I wanted to get to the front and check it out right away. The full contingent of contenders were present and I knew positioning would be critical with all the two track - dispersed between the singletrack sections. I felt like I led through the majority of the first lap. I wasn't afraid of being aggressive and I wanted the riders in 5 - 10th to experience the full yo-yo effect.
Lap 3 was a tough one...Nathan was jamming the singletrack sections on the verge of control. My left hamstring cramped on the climb in the middle of the lap. Luckily I could shake it out on the long two track descent.
Starting Lap 4 I think we were all pretty tired. We rolled pretty slow all the way to the first climb. I glanced back and I saw Mark and Corey coming up and decided to attack. I figured we were all hurting the same so might as well go for it....I think right after Nathan flatted/crashed into Tristan. Tristan bridged up to me and then it was the two of us....
|Wausau Sprint 2011|
|Wausau Sprint 2012|
This year I wanted to lead out the sprint...not sure why as it was the wrong decision with the result that I wasn't really looking for....
After the race the real party started...A 5 hour drive to Decorah, IA. A night at the Bluff's Inn and a new friend first thing Monday morning. Another rescue Boston Terrier. He was found as a stray a month ago, lived in a shelter for 15 days, until his time was up. Luckily the Northeast Iowa Rescue Association saved him and put him up for adoption. 15 days later he was ours. Welcome to the family OSCOR!
|OSCOR - after 2 days|
|Rosco in 2006|
I think they would have been pretty good buddies.