Mt.Ham classic – My first race ever

May 31, 2006 · Print This Article

by Elizabeth Traver

I achieved my goal which was to simply finish — I don’t want to give excuses , or at least not too many but I did have a lot going against me (heavy ass bike is definitely one of them). The race was 38 miles long with 2200′ feet of climbing and I finished it in about 2h15m … I know for a lot of you this probably seems slow but for me it’s astonishing and I’m proud of myself, or should I say I am proud of my legs.

The race started at 8:45, we left the house at 7:15 and I thought it would take 45 minutes or so to get there, giving me plenty of time to warm up — Well, we get there at 8:30, I still had to buy my one day license and use the toilet … I head over to the toilet line and the bell begins to ring …no toilet for me and no warming up – About an hour into the race and I finally felt like I had warmed up and that I was ready to go – I stayed with the pack for just a few moments in the beginning and as soon as the climbing began me and a handful of girls got dropped. I felt like I was going to have a heart attack. A few of us stayed together and I even passed someone on a descent (one of my better cycling skills) but she caught up within moments of reaching the bottom — I tried to work together with the few that we were but I just couldn’t keep up and eventually I was dropped all by myself :( I almost puked and thought about quiting, being in last(well, one girl got a flat so technically I wasn’t last but that’s a pretty sad reason to not finish last) and all …who cares, right? But i kept reminding myself why I was there – It eventually felt just like a nice ride on a Sunday morning all by myself, new scenery and new challenges.

It took me the entire day to recover, I have never been in soo much pain in my entire life and I can’t wait to do it again! My cyclers cough kept on into the later evening.

I need to get a heart rate monitor/cyclometer (I used to have one a few years back when I really didn’t need it and now I need one and don’t have one) –

Thanks for listening!

And thanks for all of the pre-race advice!!

Elizabeth Traver

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2 Responses to “Mt.Ham classic – My first race ever”

  1. Flandria on May 31st, 2006 6:21 pm

    You are very brave to have picked Mt. Hamilton as your first race! Congratulations on completing the race and really hanging tough to finish. Awesome!

  2. Caryne on June 23rd, 2006 7:09 pm

    Mt. Hamilton is baptism by fire! Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger, I say. Every other road race will be a holiday compared to Mt. Ham. I know from experience that when you are riding/racing well, it is a great race. On a bad day…well, it is a very very very very BAD race! Great job for your first RR

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