Friday, June 13, 2008

Double Duty! Nature Valley GP stages 3 & 4; TT and Minneapolis Crit

Not much more than 12 hours after getting done in Cannon Falls, I was back at it again. My start time was 9:34 for the time trial. I placed 56th in the RR in Cannon, so 55 girls would be chasing me down. It was a great course, but the wind was wicked! I was suffering. I have only done one other Time Trial in my life on a road bike, so the lack of experience may have showed a bit, but I pushed against the clock, did not pass my 30 second person, nor did I get passed and finished with a sub 16 minute time. My placing was in the 40's, so not too bad and it brought my GC (general classification) place up to 34th. Wait, I forgot, I am just doing this for training, right? Who cares where I am placing.
Birds eye view from the Smith Ave. Bridge. Cathy is a rock star photographer. Oh, how I love wearing a skin suit. Can't be too serious wearing all this silly gear.
Great views of St. Paul if you can see around my helmet.

As if that was not enough fun for one day, we had a crit downtown Minneapolis at 6:45 p.m. The biggest trick was getting there during rush hour, but with my super sneaky back way, I was golden and there way too early. I tried to get a warm up on the road, but really too much traffic and the borrowed trainer I have didn't fit my rear skewer, so I waited until the course was set up and did a warm up there. Little did I know that 30 minutes prior to the race, girls would be waiting in the blocks. SILLY. I got there what I thought was WAY early (25 minutes or so, which I was just going to keep warming up, but realized everyone was lining up) and I was already in the back. Will I ever learn? And in this crit, it was vital to be up front. I tried to get around and push forward and was in the top 20 at one point, but then everyone keeps trying to get up there and with the wind and the corners and my unwillingness to take any risks and backing off for those that were, I did not succeed in staying too far forward. I finished on the main train, but probably back in the 50's. It was super fun and I had friends there to cheer me on. It is fun racing back in the homeland.
Mens race downtown Minneapolis. My old stomping grounds.
My old rowing pals. Pretty fun to see everyone! Can't believe it's been 11 1/2 years since I left!Zack and Laura, old college friends from Drake.

1 comment:

StevenCX said...

Everyone in the field got the same time, so you were smart to stay out of trouble!