Tuesday, February 9, 2010

McDowell Circuit race

As the weeks before, I escaped to Phoenix for some good training and racing. Saturday was an easy long run (which I think I should always do before races...seems to make me feel great for raceday :-), Sunday was the McDowell Circuit Race.

JR spend the weekend racing in California, so I got a ride from Pam-THANKS!!! We had a super nice homestay with our friend Janet and her husband Fin. Pam and I explored the Fountain Hills region during our run and came to the conclusion that there is NO flat spot, uphill, downhill...

Sunday was an early wake up day, Pam's race was at 7:30 am. We thought we had plenty of time, but off course we ended up being ready 15 min before her race :-(

My team, TRIBE/Allsports GPS, looked great out there!!! Our teammates are really nice and really support each other. The Cat 4 race was a big pack finish, with only a few people off the back. One brave TRIBE lady got away during the race and soloed for a few laps, but unfortunately the field caught her towards the end. She did a great job out there!!!

After the race I went for a 1 hr ride to loosen the legs with my teammates. Then Pam and I went back to the house to eat and shower (you always have to smell good when you race, right?).

Our race was at noon with the 1,2 and 3's combined. The majority was TRIBE ladies, which was a nice view at the start. My teammates had asked me if I wanted to sit in and they would do all the work and I would go at the end, but I was not sure if I had what it takes to win against the other AZ teams. So we agreed to all attack many times and whoever gets away gets away.

There were 4 primes in the race, I won the first one against another lady from AZ, and thought...mhhh...legs are feeling pretty good :-)...My teammate Megan went for the 2nd one and got it. Then, in lap 4 I went for the 3rd one, got it and opened up a gap. Now in Avondale I made the mistake and sat up and waited for the field. Not this time. I put my head down and tried to stay away. Coming around the next lap I saw the 3 to go sign. Oh oh...I kept looking back but it seemed like the gap didn't get smaller. I went and went...and ended up winning by what Pam said was about 45 sec. Approaching the finish line I took my hands off the handlebars to celebrate and was hoping that I wouldn't loose balance (hihihi, that would have been a finish)... It was great having teammates who were making sure that noone came after me. We have a very strong and powerful team for 2010 and I am very excited to see how the cycling season will develope.

Next week is the Valley of the Sun Stage Race where me and my team will do our best against riders from AZ but also from other states.

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