There was a lot of heavy breathing and leg burning over this last weekend. I decided it would be my first weekend to race hard 2 days in a row. Just to see how my body would respond. It was hard.
Saturday I raced in Sedro Wooley as a part of the Cascade Cross series, and Sunday I raced at Woodland park (part of the MFG series). This was the season finale for the MFG series, so it was a happenin' day.
Saturday only 3 women showed up for the Women A's. I was a little bummed because I was looking forward to actually racing hard. The other 2 women that showed up are Cat 3's, so I knew I was going to Win, which wasn't much fun knowing that at the start. The course was straight and fast. I felt as if there was a lot more downhill than up, but I won't complain. With all the rain we have been having the grass was pretty soggy in sections. Since I decided I probably wouldn't be having much competition in the women's field I decided to see how many of the B men I could catch up to. I didn't count, but it was quite a few. I love passing men, they get so irritated (esp. since I start behind them). The run up in this race was awesome, it looked like the end of the world, it was pretty cool. So I took home the W for this race, but it wasn't as rewarding as I would have hoped.
Sunday Chris and I headed to Seattle. I raced this course last year and had an absolute blast, so I was excited to race again. I was one of 2 riders that started in the back row. I didn't really mind that much, we have such a small field it's not that hard to get around people. The race started on this rapid fast downhill with a flat section then the first hard turn right around a tree. From there I made it around most people and was around 3rd/4th/5th place. Not sure which one I can't remember. Well I soon found myself in 4th place chasing this women who was SO close and every lap I would get a little closer. Well the last 2 laps started to get hard, I fell over before the barriers, and just got so dang tired. I was beginning to feel the previous days race.
I finished the race in 5th place, of 10. Right in the middle of the pack. I hope this Sunday goes a little better and I dont bonk like I did last Sunday