24 March 2009 | Race Reports
Continental Championships: Santiago, Chile
I got smoked!
Here’s the nitty-gritty:
The race started pretty fast, and a couple South American women attacked on the first climb- I wasn’t too worried because we were racing 5 laps plus a start loop and I was pretty sure it was going to be a long, hot race. Anyway, Mary went to the front shortly after that, and she led for the rest of the start loop. I passed her on the first climb, then Catharine passed me just before the trail got steep. I was right behind her at the top of the climb, but I was hurting. In fact, for the first 2.5 laps I had the boo-boo lip. My legs hurt, it felt like they weren’t clearing out, I was hot, and I felt slow on the steep climbs. Poor me.
Catharine got a gap on the first lap and I didn’t really see her after that. Too busy feeling sorry for myself- I don’t know if was the heat or what. I took some ice on the 3rd lap and stuck it in my bra- that seemed to help a little bit, and I started to feel a little better.I was riding the downhills better every lap (except the last downhill which I (like a good portion of the Pro men’s field) was choosing to run down. Or stumble down.) Not a very eventful race- pretty much rode by myself the whole time. So I ended up 2nd, 5 mins back. Then another 3 mins back to Heather who finished 3rd. Not my best race ever, but not my worst either. And I didn’t break any bones or need any stiches- always a good thing. I know my fitness is good right now, so I’m not too worrried and I’m looking forward to racing again this weekend in Fontana.
After a bunch more traveling I am finally here- in Napa Valley for our Team Camp and Photo Shoot. It’s beautiful and green and nice and cool. We got our new team kits- they are a little different this year- they have a bunch of white on them (which will be awesome come ‘cross season. Luckily not much white on the shorts….) Bikes look the same as last year- except shiny and new. Pictures soon, I swear.