|3 bikes - 1 cross race???|
|Lk G rock drop|
After the ugliness on Sat I wasn't that confident heading into Sundays WORS race. I had fixed the issues with the MTB(saddle about 1" too low) and was ready to give it another go. I had a good start and mentally was back in the game. Physically however I wasn't in top form. I was already dehydrated from Saturdays cross race in the upper 80's and although the temps were low at Lk Geneva I was drenched in sweat from the humidity. I was riding well technically, but the legs were starting to cramp. Tristan attacked on the last climb and with CHEQ looming I was not willing to go too deep and risk major cramps. I settled for 2nd.
I think the craziness of the weekend forced me to realize I really needed to rest up for CHEQ...my 7th weekend in a row of racing. During the rest something flipped mentally and I became hungry for the win! I dropped everything and was fully focused on doing it right.
We drive up Friday morning like always. The lady at the Phillips Subway coughed on my sub...it freaked me out. We arrived and joined up with Tyler G and crew for a pre-ride. All standard. We stayed in a new hotel, but it was much improved of the traditional place we used to choose. I shined up my Superfly 100 after the preride, we had a homemade meal Andrea cooked and brought up with us. She is awesome. All was perfect.
Race morning was also pretty standard. Some coffee, some oats, some granola. I tried not to eat as much as normal...my stomach was a little full at the start of Grand Junction and I didn't like that feeling. Had a great warm up with Trav and told him I was mentally ready. He said something like - sometimes that what it takes...you just have to will your way thru things - Awesome that it worked out the way it did...
|RACC Rocking thru Rosies|
By the time we hit firetower I'm guessing the lead group was 8 or 9 guys. I climbed pretty good up firetower. Started in 5th at the bottom and finished the top in 3rd wheel. I was ready for the birkie, but was getting some cramps. Not good. Luckily when we started pedaling hard they went away. JMAC put in some short attacks, but nothing ever snapped the group too bad. 5 Over the top of the Birkie, but guys were latching back on down Telemark Rd.
|Cresting the final climb.|
After the finish I was pumped to hear that Momentum Endurance riders also went 1,2 in the short and fat. Won the short and fat single speed. Then we watched Chloe come across the line in 1st and Andrea in 10th. Couldn't have been any more perfect for me! Super impressed by Trav's never give up ride of the day!
Again very proud of Andrea who had been having a killer season. There are some really fast girls up at CHEQ and for her to score a top 10 two years in a row is pretty great.
|Chequamegon Victory #5|
Next up: CHINA! Ha - Can't believe that one...better get to work.