|Anne, me, Lindsay, Brenna, Anona, Beth &Ashley|
It's no lie. I love stage racing. Granted, the mtb stage races are a lot more fun, but I can't afford them. I can support myself on the road, but at Cascade, I guest rode for BMC (Bend Memorial Clinic), the title sponsor of the race. It was a great week of racing with a great group of gals. For me, it was the stepping stone to cyclocross. I had to skip the 100-mile mtb race to race 6 days in a row and it apparently did what it was supposed to. Whip my butt back into shape. I have no stories of glory to tell you. I did nothing spectacular, except over-cooking a corner on the last day and sliding on the pavement. Not a good way to end, but I brushed it off and finished the race, reminding myself I was there for fitness. It was a bummer, being with the main chase and determined to stay and then be lying on the ground. At least a group was coming that I joined to finish. Overall, I rode better than I thought I would. My body did not fail me. All the hard work and PT has been working. It excites me, as just over a month ago I was being dropped at Elkhorn and unable to finish. So all in all, Cascade was a success. I saw a lot of people I haven't seen in forever, I was able to chill out for almost a week, just focusing on racing, eating and reading my book. A rare treat. Tim arrived Thursday night for his 3 day, 4 stage race. He finished in the top 10 in every stage and I believe 7th overall. He is a superstar.
|focused for prologue|
|Still smiling after McKenzie pass stage.|
|Love me some crit racing.|
|Hate me some road rashing. Dr. Brenna helping me out. Me screaming. Tim laughing.|