Saturday, July 26, 2008
I am not a Ferrari. . .
So after today's race I'm chugging up towards Parley's summit in my Liberty. I'm doing well passing people when I see a sports car quickly riding up behind me. Soon he is close enough that I can see the Gold insignia and as he zips around me like I'm standing still I realize it is a Ferrari. Sweet! But then I have to laugh because it is just like on my bike races. I'm zipping along doing fine feeling good when someone passes me like I'm standing still. I guess it is all about perspective.
Chalk Creek Road race was today. I felt good about this one despite the hills. With Alisha, Allison, Breanne and Jamie all playing with the big girls in the 123 field I thought I might get a top 5. At the start line I only recognized a few riders which is pretty unusual. Missy blew the whistle to start and 3 of the women took off like greyhounds out of the chute (I guess they didn't get the memo that in road racing we have at least 5 miles of BSing before the racing begins). I hung on up small rollers but we lost 3 women pretty quick. The three hammer heads at the front stayed at the front and set a fast pace. By the second big climb I was off the back.
I suffered alone in what I thought was a headwind until the turn around- then there was a bigger headwind. I'm still not sure how this is possible but biking seems to invite headwinds regardless of direction. Still I was able to hammer back down the road and keep some speed up going back over the rollers. I managed to pass one competitor but never could catch Kris. I finished 8th but after I found out the top 3 places went to Olympic speed skaters (19 year olds that train 6 hours a day) I am not counting them and am giving myself 5th. Top 5 right where I expected to be!
Speaking of perspective, this was Alisha Welch's first Cat 3 race. She won, beating out some heavy hitters in the 1/2 field.