Saturday, June 21, 2014

WORS Red Eye Rendezvous...finally.

Rain, rain, go away...come again some other day!! Lately, I've been singing this tune with a tone that is much more angry than the one in which it is usually sung.  It's been raining non-stop in Minneapolis.  So much as of late that the lakes are pretty much overflowing onto the bike paths! It's obviously cramping my style. And I'm using that as my excuse for getting this blog post up so late ;)

Lisa, Bull, Cooper, Anna, Sarah
Tom and I headed up to Wausau Saturday afternoon in order to be able get in a quick pre-ride.  I was super stoked to see that 50% of the course was on fast flowing cross country trails.  I think many folks were grouchy about this, however I personally think a race like this is the best in that it really rewards both the technically adept and the physically fit.  In essence, the best "athlete" usually wins.  After pre-ride we joined our buddy Benny G for dinner at Red Eye Brewerey.  I mean since they sponsor the race it only makes sense to eat there right?  Okay fine,  I really wanted to try their beer...and yes, it was fantastic.

Sunday morning was amazing.  We slept in until 9AM, rolled down to the Hampton free breakfast and shoved our faces.  I couldn't' believe my eyes, they even had French toast sticks!!!  By the time the race finally rolled around I was feeling really ready to race.  I've noticed a huge difference this year in my decision to "race less."  I am able to recover quickly after races and then get in some great training before the next one rolls around..  This year I am coming into each race feeling mentally sharp and physically fit.  I remember last summer feeling totally blasted and basically just trying to "get through" a lot of races. 

Each race has it's own strategy, and for this one my plan was to fight for the hole shot and force a fast initial pace up front.  I wanted to go out hot in the hopes of breaking up the field and best case scenario be first into the single track. I lead for most of the lead out, but was passed by Cooper shortly before heading into the single track.  As much as I've improved on my technical skills I'm still not quite as smooth as Cooper through the single track and as a result came out of the first section with a gap to already bridge.  I did my best to catch back on, however I spent the  majority of the race chasing her.   

I loved the course so much, it was awesome!! there were plenty of rocky sections and I so loved revving up the engine on all the double track sections.  About halfway through the 3rd lap it suddenly started to get kind of dark, and then really dark, and then it started sprinkling rain (cool!) and then all of the sudden we were racing in the midst of a torrential downpour!! To be clear, this wasn't a typical hard rain, this was like a flash flood style monsoon!!!  It was crazy, and insane and I could barely see the trail ahead of me which was soon covered with water  up to my bottom bracket.  It was a riot.  It was, exhilarating, scary and insane and I loved every freaking minute of it!!!  Finally we all reached the finish line.  At which point it pretty much stopped raining. 

It was so much fun to chat with all the fast ladies after the race about our struggles to see the trail and how we had no idea what on earth was underneath all the massive puddles. I am so grateful for WORS and this opportunity to race my bike.  Each race is memorable in it's own way and I'm always left hungry for the next one!

Post race "That was awesome!" with Cooper

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