Monday, May 14, 2007
Weekend summary: Joe Martin Stage Race
She's doing fine but awfully sore. She hopes to be back on her bike
in a couple of weeks.
My results: Ended up 3rd in the GC. The 3rd place finish in the crit was a disappointment to me, but the gal I needed to beat was an excellent climber and that combined with a lack of smart racing on my part, the steep uphill finish, and a slipped gear 10 ft from the line put me in 3rd. More work on my time trial focus will also help. The 1st and 2nd place finishers did EXCELLENT uphill TTs. Mine wasn't bad, but this is where I lost time on them both. If you'd like to look at the results, please visit the Joe Martin Stage Race results page. Look under women 3/4. Something to note, however, is that all three of us had TT times that fell into the top 21 of the pro/1/2 women. The caveat is that those women had had long road races on Friday and Saturday (60+ miles) and we only did 34 miles on Saturday, so our legs were fresher.
Strangest moment: I was star struck for the first time in my life and rendered speechless upon observing the pro women lined by teams for the TT. They all looked so strong, lean, and powerful that I was both awed and inspired.
Coolest thing: Watching all the women around a big race like this. To see so many of all ages, shapes, and sizes around with their shoulders back, chins up, and a swing in their step was wonderful. They exuded confidence, independence, and strength.
Upgrade to cat 2: Mission accomplished.
Big thanks to Paul Forsythe, Manager Team Kenda Tire, for the pics.
Time Trial start
AnnaJean beating me across the crit finish line
Me leading when I should have been letting someone else work. To get 2nd instead of 3rd, I only had to beat one person and I didn't race smart enough to do that. Race and learn. Race and learn.