Saturday's crit was one of the fastest crits I've done all year. How is that possible when it was day 5 of Cascade? It make-uh no sense to me. I just wanted to raise my hand and say "Excuse me, is anyone else tired?"
Tibco f'ing drove that badboy like it was nobody's biz. Webcor was totally on it though and all the teams contributed to the speediness.
With a crappy start, I slowly clawed my way up. The laps and timing were kind of confusing and suddenly I heard Tom Jow on the radio saying "One lap to go ladies." What? So that ended up being a junk show. Totally my fault. I should've been scrupulously paying attention---I thought there were maybe be a heads up with 3 to go. Anyway, I just moved up as much as I could and ended up 28th.
It was an AWESOME race. I really loved it. Our awesome hosts Chic and Ellen were out there along with Nils and Karen. Nils is a secret pro photog I think (all the good photos in this post are his, or Ambre's). Thankfully he avoided the angle of this shot though. If Velonews is going to post a pic of my badonkadonk, at least they did it next to one of the littlest people in the peloton.
I have to laugh.
Heard some cheers along the course which was awesome--it seemed like a good chunk of the Bend populace was in attendance. 17 year old Koryn Rivera won--beating some of the top sprinters. It was super amazing. It also makes me feel less bad about how she schooled us all at Manhattan Beach Grand Prix. Oh and did I mention she won on her junior gears? And it was a looooong flat straightaway. Impressive with a capital holy sh@#.
Afterward Lins and I met up with Chic and Ellen for some trendy eats in downtown Bend.
Ambre and Jason joined us too.
Then we hung out back at the rad Chicpad.
Ellen and Chic: a pair that beats a full house.
They were extremely good value. They are hilarious. It is non-stop comedy and ball busting with these 2. One of the best parts of Sunday's circuit was having them in the feed zone. They rocked.
Which brings me to Sunday's circuit. Day 6 was 3 laps on a 17 mile loops with some steep climbs and techie descents.
While this looks like it could be a serious duck-duck-goose game (look who's in the pickle jar!) it was our big strategy meeting before the race. (Erin- the use of the radios will never rise to what it was at CU).
Sunday's race was tough. Yeah I feel like a broken record. Come up with a better descriptor for the races Tiff. I'm sorry I can't. Marisa totally rocked and was in the front group coming into the finish. An unfortunate incident kept her from going for it in the finish but she got the same time and finished 13th in the G.C.! AWESOME!
Anna finished a few minutes back from Marisa. She had a good ride and was a fantastic teammate.
Ambre and I got popped on the 1st climb after the feedzone, chased back on, then got dropped on a little owie up on the 2nd lap. It was very H-O-T again....and it was so dern hard from the gun there just wasn't much time to drink at the beginning. We hit the climb and it was like I dropped an anchor. Lins had the best descriptor for hitting the climbs in the heat "If you tried to go hard your head would explode." I felt like I would just incinerate. Whatever, everyone had to deal with the conditions so I doubt much would've changed. And quite frankly, it was almost a relief to get dropped so I could actually pound my bottles. Then I bided my time to the feed zone where I picked up 4 bottles. That's right, 4. And they were finished pretty instantly. After that I felt much better, and it was at that point that Ambre and a group of 5 other girls rolled up. Yippee! Company. It was super cool. All the girls in that group (Touchstone, Kahala-LaGrange, Proman and Specialized) all worked to keep it going and NOBODY dropped out. It was really cool to ride with these girls. I'm sure we were all bummed with how we did a little, but everyone just kept on riding. A ton of people dropped out. I definitely considered it but was super stoked I finished. In fact, all the girls on our team finished---which was pretty sweet.
The whole experience was incredible. I feel super fortunate to have such inspiring teammates. And they are pretty damn fun too. Like Richie says, we're not curing cancer---so we should be having FUN doing this whole racing thing. DFT p/b Treads is so great---because of director MH without whom none of this ever would've happened. My awesome friends and family--with the phone calls an check-ins have been so huge too. Thanks for supporting me through all this! I feel like I've got some solid backing out there! Think of Arrested Development and sing it with me "Solid as a Rock!"
Oh and let us not forget the Cascade Epilogue i.e. the drive back to the 801 THROUGH THE NIGHT. Luckily, I had company--Ignacio (a Cat 3 who had come up to race for the weekend) needed a ride home so we manned the Jowegawa's truck back from Bend (as Cyndi Lauper would say) alllll through the night. Brutal. So brutal. We did some trade-offs with driving so I closed my eyes a little bit here and there. And then I'd get to get a break from driving. (ha ha did anyone get that?)
Departed Bend at 6:30 pm, arrived SLC 7:30 am. I don't want to talk about it anymore. Thank god for RUMBA and Trader Joe's snacks. It should be about t minus 20 to full meltdowns.
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