Sunday, April 11, 2010

Racing and Training

This weekend I decided to go out to the Colossal Cave Stage Race south of Tucson.

- Sat 9am 6 mile time trial
- Sat 6pm 20 minute Criterium on a go kart track(!)
- Sun 7am 45 mile road race

Wow!  What fun!  Perfect temperatures. I'm feeling fairly rested (ran or swam every day this week while traveling in Chicago, but no real hard efforts).

There were 3 gals in the race - me, Alex from Bike Haus, and Leann from Yuma. Alex is on her way to being Cat 1 (this was her first Cat 3 race), and Leann and I are fairly similar.

I killed the TT on Sat and started in first place. Then, I came in second in the crit after leading many of the laps. 

Sunday was a tougher day... the 3 of us rode together for the 5 laps of the 9 mile course.  But the other 2 gals kept dropping me on the last hill right at the line. I would catch them on the downhill, but the finish was right at the top of that hill, so I knew that wasn't going to work for a finish. So on the last lap, I picked up the group pace hoping to wear the other gals down, and my efforts didn't work. I came in third.

My efforts put me in 2nd overall.  Bummer.  My redeeming grace is that I won $120 for my efforts... 

Great race and great racing mates.

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