Milwaukee, Appleton, Salt Lake for a day, Boise, Bend, Boise and back to Salt Lake. Aaaaand I'm spent. The hubs and I headed to Bend via Boise last Wednesday. Italia racing teammate Liza was in Boise that night to celebrate her engagement to bestever Jono. Because she is a true Italiana and "can always make room"--she insisted on our staying with her dad Paul during our Boise layover. We arrived late and we were bummed to miss out on the party. However, there was a buonissimo selection of treats from the party near where we were sleeping. So awesome.
The next morning, we did a little giro di Boise with Liza, Jono and Sarah B (coach K's former teammate and super cool chick). It was SO GREAT to see Liza and Jono, whom I hadn't seen in what felt like forever.
After said piccolo giro, the hubs and I made our way to Bend where we stayed with Marisa's host "parents" Nils and Karen. We had a lovely dinner with this super cool couple and then slept soundly.
The next day was US Criterium Nationals. The hubs and I went for a little spin in Bend. We ran into one of our Cascade host "moms" Ellen while out riding. Hugs and laughs and she promised to come watch the crit that night. After our spin (and delicious treats from Nancy P's), I had nap time (i.e. get really nervous time) and the hubs went to secure a campsite and to ride some more. He took some sweet pics of the campsite (the most beautiful campsite EVER) and had an amazing road ride in the Cascades.
While it was a great race, super aggressive and fast, it didn't end up so well for me. Coming into the last lap, a rider went down and Brooke Miller and Theresa Cliff-Ryan (2 previous champs) also went down. Kat and I didn't crash but we did have to do a massive brake slam. Not ideal at the end of a race. Liza was able to squeak through thanks to her Italian ninja handling skills. She hopped a curb and stayed up there for 12th. I ended up finishing 22nd and Kat was 39th. It was a little disappointing but that's racing. And luckily, I didn't go down (and there were several crashes).
One of the coolest parts of the race was having the hubs there. In the fray and fracas of any given race, I usually don't notice much--but I heard his voice cheering me on at various points in the course. That was so awesome and really motivated me!
And BP--my old Boulderland roomie and college teammate--came down from Portland to spectate, recreate and pontificate! It was an uber rally, no doubt about it.
After the race, the hubs, BP and I headed up to the campsite. The hubs really did good on that one. It was in a high alpine setting next to a lake. Totally amazing. Of course we had an excellent fire and consumed some campfire beverages.
As for the rest of the weekend, we had a couple awesome mountain bike rides and lots of fabulous mountainous hang time. The hubs and I tried out a new air mattress in the limosienna (we needed a bigger one). I liked it, but the princess-and-the-pea hubs wants more comfort--so we will likely try out the foam arrangement next.
And yes, the limosienna still rules on road trips. If you're doing any road tripping in the west, I'd recommend Larry McMurtry books on tape. We listened to "Telegraph Days" and it was great.
Few days at home before heading to Sun Valley for a little camping/hang times with the Woodies at another amazing spot!
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