Another Win in the Dirt

August 23, 2006 · Print This Article

by Jenn Young

Hi all – I won my race in KY this weekend. It was HOT when my field finally started at 12:30, luckily the other ladies and I voted down to 1 lap instead of 2. To be honest I don’t even know what the distance was but I do know I was drenched by the time I finished.

It was a really nice course, though it had some seriously heinous climbing. Good thing I took the hard tail, so much lighter. The worst climb of them all came shortly after the start. My HR was already way higher than it should have been (I think I was just excited b/c by that point I was starting to pass some of the beginners men) and I exploded half way up. I had to get off and push, then regain composure and pedal on. I was disappointed b/c I had made it further up in the pre-ride, but hey, that’s racing.

I went through the part of the course that was near the start/finish, people were crowded down there to take pictures and cheers us on. Then I remembered how much more trail there was before I actually got to the finish. One of the men and I jockeyed back and forth on more climbing, then he just gave up and dropped off. I saw Anthony, he came down into the woods to find out how I was doing and remind me that it was all downhill to the finish. Ah, there is nothing like the boost of adrenaline that you get when you know you’re almost done and there is BEER at the end. I had a 10 min gap on the rest of the field and got a nice medal, that brings my collection up to 2.

Cheers ~ Jenn

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