Sunday, June 22, 2008
All the bling. 4 Golds and 1 Silver.
The only part of the hill climb that didn't suck. There was a nice little downhill right before the grade turned 10 +. The paramedics should really have been at the top. That was where I wanted to puke.
This is me wearing Road Race and overall Omnium Gold.
Saturday I started the road race already knowing I had Gold. Michelle King was up suffering in the Uintahs and the rest of my competition didn't bother showing up. We started in a big pack of men and women ages 29-49. We had recreational riders, juniors and Cat 123 men in our group. The pace started out fast as we headed up toward the climb. As usual I hung on just fine until the grade got steady and steep and then I drifted back and off the pack. Some of the women were able to hang on longer but eventually got dropped by the men too. Alisha said they were in the women and childrens pack.
I found another guy and we worked together. I'd pull on the less steep sections and I'd get on his wheel when the grade went up. Once we crested the top and turned around we had a serious headwind. We worked together until we hit the flats but then I lost him. I soloed in about 15 minutes off the main field. I was happy with my performance. I averaged almost 20 mph for 40 miles on a race with a big climb.
While descending I saw the guy on the handbike still climbing. I had been beating myself up for not being able to hang with the pack but when I saw him I decided I really don't have a reason to feel sorry for myself.