Unfortunately, I did not have a spectacular day on the bike. For starters, I made my new chain a bit too short which rendered some of my gear combinations unusable. Surely I would not have gotten dropped on that hill had I been working with a full set. Well, actually maybe I would have. I’m not such a great climber and I think that I let myself get intimidated by all that amazing talent in the field. Mentally I think I was prepared to get dropped from the front group…so maybe it was a self fulfilling prophecy. Maybe I had already sealed my fate before the race even began. This is what I find so interesting about racing; it is a test of both physical and mental fitness. I think it’s the internal battle that is usually the limiting factor for women…at least it is for me.
So, I found myself in the chase group to the chase group…which was still comprised of some good talent…which made it not such a crushing blow to my racing ego. We all considered pulling out and calling it a day, but instead organized a pace line (of sorts) and ended up getting our full money’s worth. Coming into the last lap, Heidi Von Teitenberg and I found ourselves in a little break (unintentionally)…which is kind of funny if you think about it. We were vying for what place? Well, it made for a good workout anyway. Coming into the final stretch I was on her wheel…and we rolled in together. I thought it might be a bit ridiculous to sprint past her considering our overall position in the field.
Some photos by Jason Watson:
Yeah, not an amazing day for me…but there are more races left in the season.
Oh, and for the record…
LORENA IS MY HERO!!!!
Other noteworthy events:
> Ilana did an awesome job of sticking it out with the lead group
> Lesley flatted on the first lap & support was too slow in response :(
> Michelle Bote and Susan Hefler finished up with the lead pack
> Chris Kelley looked like a rock star in her super cool shades
> Jenn and I had a bonding moment
> Charlie got fat*
*Charlie is a dog
Top Five Results (women 1/2/3):
1) Lorena Candrian – HPC/List powered by Altarum
2) Laura Cook – Tripower
3) Leslie Jennings – Cyclelife
4) Sonja Evers – Team Vanderkitten
5) Kate Flore – HPC/List powered by Altarum
Complete results here>>> BlueWheel