Monday, April 12, 2010

Mixing it up: Road race on Saturday, MTB race on Sunday, April 10-11, 2010

The season is really starting in earnest now. I think there is an opportunity to race every weekend from here on out. And some weekends you can race twice. Don't worry, I am not going to do that, but this past weekend, I did double up. I was convinced to go road race on Saturday, even though my pals raced with the boys. I raced with the girls. The wind was strong, my legs were sore, but I survived the 56 miles of undulating terrain along with that punishing finish for a third place. I would say I kind of 'missed the sprint'. Third was good. And I actually didn't sit out front the whole time. I am learning. I had to save some for Sunday, to do what I really like to do.

See me back in 3rd. Like I said, I was not even in the sprint. Oops.

Sunday was the second local mountain bike race of the year. It was a course with a lot of climbing, lots of twists and turns and some really slick descents. I knew going into it that Alice would be going much faster on the slick downhills than me, and I was hoping I had enough to make up for it on the rest, but not quite. For the first 3 laps I was dangling about 30 seconds back, seeing her just ahead. Then at the start/finish after lap 3 I was shocked to see her at the pulled over. I guess she didn't realize we had another lap. I yelled at her, she caught up, we rode together for a tiny bit, but at the first downhill, twisty turny section, she was gone. She even waited for me to give me a second chance. I blew it. I bonked a bit on that last lap, but knew there was no chance of getting caught from behind, so I enjoyed the ride. It was a fun, muddy race. I got second. But that is not to say there was not a victory in the family. Tim stomped on the competition and won the cat 1 35-44 and actually beat all of the cat 1's.

The start, right where I like to be. Out in front.

It was a fun course. Lot's of cones. Had to pay attention.

Cold creek crossing, aka "bike wash".


Burgers followed at Deschutes, making a great weekend of bike racing complete.

1 comment:

Oregn Bike Shop said...

Thanks for coming to the race and
helping with the awards after.
If we (Oregon Bike Shop) can do
anything to help sponsor you in
future races, Let us know.
See you at the races,
Sue Hanna, President, Oregon Bike Shop, Inc.