|Star Crossed Podium|
I have to say, I was a bit scared to race this last weekend. The breathing issues in Vegas made me a bit apprehensive and my chest and throat were still feeling the effects. However, in the good Pacific Northwest air, I felt a bit better. And you have to start your season at some point. I am going to pretend Vegas didn't happen.
Saturday's Star Crossed was definitely not the same. Not only was it not the first big race of my season (although I am calling a do-over after Vegas), but it was not under the lights and not at Marymoor, it had a different feel. A bit more calm. I welcomed that. I didn't start very well, but found myself in the initial selection soon enough when there were only four of us. Then it separated more and it was Caroline Mani and I together. She was cornering better than I, but I was powering the flats. It was windy, so the little experience I had on the road entered into my mind. Hmmm. How was I going to get third? We worked together to bring back Mical, and to our surprise, we passed her while she struggled with her bike after a wipe out. Then I was thinking, hmmmmm? How to get second? But it wasn't to be. I finished third and was pretty satisfied with my race. It was solid. A good start to the season.
Sunday I got my start back. I had a great start, getting the hole shot, but then happy to relinquish it to follow. Again, the selection was made after a lap, but Mical's fierce attack left Caroline and I together again. The second race of the first double weekend was tough. I didn't quite have enough staying power. I rode to a solid fourth, and although I missed the podium, I raced well. I felt it was a strong weekend to start the season off, transitioning to the efforts of cx.
The benefit of racing near home is seeing familiar faces, having the crowd support and also staying with friends and seeing others. It is great. Thanks to Monilee Atkinson for hosting us and also for living so close to the venue. It was great. And made for a stress free weekend!
|Happy with 3rd for Star Crossed!|
|The sand was harder on day 2. Check out how far my bars had slipped. Hoods kept getting lower.|
|Everything was harder day 2. I was tired. But fought to the end!|