|Saturday warm up smiles with Hollywood|
Photo Credit: Matthew Pastick
Every year the crowds are massive, the fields are strong and the courses are technically challenging. They always promise a corn maze, big climbs, sandy run ups, off camber descents, and a rideable (only if you’re Rad!) step up section.
|TRYING to be Rad. I pinky swear I rode it once...|
Photo Credit: Mark Woker
I got off to a bit of a slow start on Saturday…perhaps it was the shock of the first steep climb, or maybe it was the fact that after 2 weeks of not racing I’d forgotten how flipping insane the pace is at the start of these races. Regardless I was chasing from the get go and found myself mostly mixing it up with Megan in 4th and 5th place. When it comes to racing I’ve always found success to be a result of hard work, fitness and a bit of luck. Jen who was leading the race suffered a flat tire and somehow I managed to nab the 3rd spot on the podium even after crashing out on a corn cob in the corn maze. These days I’m not taking any podiums for granted.
After the race on Saturday I came to the realization that I’d somehow tweaked my ankle. It was a little sore….but nothing too crazy. As the night went on things got increasingly worse and it swelled to the point I could barely walk home from dinner with Tom, Brendan and Hilary. Um…Random! Hilary is a PT and she assured me that I hadn’t done anything horrible, gave me some advice to ice, ibuprofen, and compression and then even applied Kinesio tape on Sunday morning.
Yes it’s true I actually am a crazy cat. Walking seemed alright on Sunday morning….but warm ups were excruciating painful. So much that every time I got off my bike to run (3 times in a lap) the pain would nearly make me vomit. Standing on the pedals didn’t feel so hot either, but it was tolerable. I guess after you’ve played a college basketball game with 8 shots of Novocain in your big toe you start to believe that just about anything is tolerable!
|Photo Credit: Todd Fawcett|
The good thing about CX is that just about everything hurts the entire freaking time. So for the most part I blocked it out and other than the first barrier section and the sandy run-up things were pretty manageable. The pace was hot from the get go and early on I was sitting in 2nd place chasing Nicole along with the rest of the chase pack. In the end it was Nicole’s turn to flat and after failing to hold on to Jen and Corey on the final lap I again surprising landed myself on the 3rd step. I was happy to have nabbed back to back podiums…but even happier to be done racing on this cankle! Wowzer.