Bike – BMC SL01 51-35 (q-rings) x 11-21 Ksyrium SL wheels
Course – Carnation Circuit. I forget how many laps and I forgot to start my computer. Duuur :-). Almost dead flat, awful farm roads (which actually made the race exciting) and some sketchy riders.
Ride food – 2 bottles of water, bag of shot blocks (thanks Brad!)
Breakfast – 1 large bottle of exceed, bagel cream cheese and turkey
For those of you who read regularly, you know I’m out of shape. WAY out of shape. I ended last season at 140 pounds and weighed in last night at 169.5. My goal lately has just been to FINISH a race since I took those two months off and really I haven’t had much luck.
From the second we started racing I felt the best I ever have. It took every ounce of mental energy NOT to try for the sprint points halfway through. I stayed pretty much at the front the whole time but on the last lap got caught up with a few folks in turn 3, almost put in the ditch with Ed Ewing but was able to move up at 1k. Turn 4 came and went and I was still in the race but decided not to sprint. Who sprints for last? Looked behind me and saw 20-25 riders and new I was back.
Best part? I could have gone harder. DAMN! All of the team (especially the new TPR team!) did very well. I have probably the best teammates around. Supportive, successful and great friends. Great work today guys!
Best race of the year. Too bad it was the last of the season :-)