The Time Trial
The women's open was supposed to go off at 9:26. The officials forgot us so we didn't get started till 10:30. This worked out OK for me because my heart rate monitor quit working and I had enough time to get the new one on and get it tracking before the start. The bad part about the race was that I got stuck being the rabbit and by the end Morgan Chaffin and put 21 seconds on me. I think I'm going to spring for one of those fancy helmets. I could feel the wind grabbing at my head. I should have at least taped it up.
The Road Race
The winds were ferocious with gusts clocking 40-50 mph. Consequently, the collegiate racers took a lot longer than planned and the race got way off schedule which led to the reduction of several races. The women's open and men's cat 4 was changed to 39 miles/3 laps. I made up the lost TT time though and had 9 minutes on Morgan by the end of it which took the pressure off for Sunday's circuit race.
The Circuit Race
The women's cat 4 was merged with the women's open and the time was set to 30 minutes. Typically, women's open does 45 minutes. The race went well and I took the preem and Jen Herrell took the win with her power hill climb on the finish.
The women's racing was pretty darn cool this weekend as we had more than we'd seen around here for a long time.
- We had 7 women in the cat 4! Twas amazin' with two whose first race was this weekend and they still want to race again, if you can believe that!
- I met another gal at the U, Megan, who is planning on doing several races this year.
- I met Cheryl Gerkin for the first time after seeing her name on the Ciao Baby club site and wondering who she was
- Kelly and another Megan did their first races
- Lindsey from Omaha rocked the 4s and Janna Vavra did a fine job too with TeamFIRE