|Lisa, Bull, Cooper, Anna, Sarah|
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.
|Post race "That was awesome!" with Cooper|