Monday, October 19, 2009

It's not always all about me...

Sure, it is MY blog and usually it is all about me, but this past weekend I went to a race and did not race. GASP! I know. Crazy. But with the whirlwind of the beginning of the season and wanting to be able to continue strong (hopefully through worlds), I had a rest week. It could not have come at a better time, because the crash in Gloucester left my ribs a bit tender, then racing for 3 days in Ohio made it worse and then when I got home, schlepping luggage, I got to the point I couldn't breathe and was in tears from pain. But wait, I said it wasn't all about me!!!
CROSS CRUSADE # 3: Sherwood. How strange was it to go to my favorite race series in the country and not race??? But seeing how bumpy it was and knowing how sore I was, my ride on my cx bike out to the venue on some of my favorite roads and with the sun shining was just perfect. I had planned for mud, packed my bag for Tim's car with rubber boots and everything, but the mud was pretty dry by Sunday. Amazing for how much it rained on Saturday.
My sole purpose of being at the race: Tim's support. I would say "pit bitch", but I am trying to keep this PG. I was there in time to cheer on the 300, yes 300!!! women on the course for the 2:00 race (which is all the women except the A's). It was great to see some familiar faces and cheer on those I recognized and those I didn't. After that fun was over, I made my way to pit #1 to view the race in a very lonely, isolated part of the course. It was sad. I was lonely. I didn't get to say 'hi' to as many people as I would have liked, but I was there for Tim. And I heckled everyone I could. Luckily the only problems Tim had he fixed himself. He dropped his chain a few times, losing tons of time, so thus did not have his best finish. Nevertheless, he looked good doing it. I told him that, but he said he would rather win than look good. And that, I understand.

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