Tom's cousin Todd and Aunt Sandra live up in Brained so we were lucky to get to see them Friday night, feast on an amazing home cooked meal (something Tom rarely gets around our place) and also get a good nights rest. Morgan their awesome boxer pup slept in between Tom and I all night long...so cute! He's of course named after Todd's favorite cocktail!
After doing a few hill laps to warm up I got back in the car to literally warm up. Then finally I decided to break for it with 15 minutes till race start. Of course while I was peeing one last time they opened up the starting gate! SHIT! I swear I suck at pre-race activities and Tom totally gave me that look as I exited the John, because he knows this is so April. I did manage to rudely mash my may up to a decent starting spot and figured at this point I might as well make the best of it! The race started at 9:52...I couldn't believe it, when was the last time if ever a race started early?? Craziness, but I appreciated not having to sit there and think for any longer so all was well in my world!
By the 3rd lap the course was getting really tossed up, and as I was running up this massive hill I as starting to regret my tire choice! I rode like a 3rd grader the last lap and fortunately it sounded like it was rough for everyone! I just kept telling myself to stay on my friggin bike!!! Finally the end was in sight and I even had enough juice left to race a dude to the finish line. Yep, he totally got me, next time my friend. But... I won!! I couldn't believe it. It's still shocking to me when I win a race, cuz it just feels so foreign. I hadn't won a single race in my entire life until I started cycling. Now I even have my very own "winners" mug so I can finally stop drinking out of Tom's!!!
Tom and I celebrated afterwards with Dolan and Mike over bloodies and greasy bar food! Then we went back to the park to watch the Ice Races and to see the Yeti!!
They had an ice drag race going on and my new Michigan BFF, Danielle and I so wanted to race it, but we figured our coaches would totally kill us if we got hurt doing this!! See we do make wise choices sometimes!! Instead we spent the afternoon bundled up to the Salsa heater scheming up a Wausau 12 hour team!!
On another note, it's MARCH!!! Oh my gosh let the Maddness begin. I love March for so many reasons:
1. March = spring!
2. Daylight savings Time starts March 10th, finally some sun for my evening rides!
3. March Maddness...tourney time!!!
4. soon there will be some 40 degree + days, we are above freezing folks!
5. shit, this March is the last month before I turn 30, I had better make it a good one!
6. St. Patty's Day...gotta love the Irish!
Speaking of March Maddness, the Gophers took down #1 Indiana this week! I could not be more excited to see The Barn in total uproar. Seeing this on TV gave me the chills and made me almost miss the good ole days of playing in The Barn. But hell that was another life, bring on the next mountain bike race!!