July 6, 2006 · Print This Article
I was ready for this race. Hydrated, had a really good warm up. I rode around the course several times and mentally prepared for the left hand turns.
Unfortunately, I made 2 mistakes.
First, I came in the start line late – meaning I was not in the front. When I went around the course, I thought I had time but when I got back – all the ladies had front position, I was at the back.
Second mistake, when the race started I clicked on my pedal thinking I was clicked on but realized I wasn’t. Pedaled through but then had to look down to see my cleats….seeing the group gapping. So at the first corner, I was already gapped. I chased and chased. As soon as I caught on and was behind another rider, she then gapped so I had to try to go around her but a corner was coming up. I was gapped again it was just a nightmare to chase the group.
There was so much lactic acid on my quads and I was just maxed out. I got pulled out of the race. The course wasn’t that difficult. I was drooling to be in the pack.
So, I got pulled out of the race by the official – but got a chance to do a little salsa dance for everyone before pulling out. Oh well!
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