The last couple weekends were so packed and so fun....and so full of so much suffering!!! I love this cycling community so much that my cheeks hurt from smiling!
This past Saturday was my first Almanzo 100 experience and it was just about as awesome as predicted with over 1000 racers!! I'm pretty sure when Chris designed this course way back when, it was with a big shit grin on his face, as I'm certain he found just about every single hill in southeast Minnesota. Nearly 8,000 feet of gravel torture...I swear I can still taste the suffering.
|Hahaha! I so wanted him to sit down!|
This week I'm feeling super thankful for all the people that support and inspire me as I chase my dreams. Chris the Bicycle Fit Guru, the lovely folks at Lazer, iSSi Pedals, the 45NRTH guys that continue to encourage me all year long, Chris with SRAM, Fulton & my All-City Crew; Dolan and my favorite Midtown riding buddies, the Fix Studio, and of course my amazing family and friends. Tom even botched a legit workout on Sunday to basically drag my zombie self around town. And then he put up with hangry meltdown after hangry meltdown for nearly 4 hours. Gosh... how did I get so lucky, and how did we end up a couple of endurance freaks??
Lastly, I'm super thankful for my awesome coach, Matt. After working together for 2.5 years I no longer need to explain and/or justify my craziness. He keeps me grounded and this week he is reminding me that we've done the work and now it's time to chillax and enjoy!
I admit chillaxing is going to be hard to do, as it's been awhile since I've been this excited about a race. Gravel.....where the heck have you been all my life?