Headed to Iowa this last weekend for a couple of road races and managed to render myself first loser both days. How did this come to be??? Well, on Saturday... tactical error. I'm still working on finding the right kind of finish for me and instead of saying to myself, "what are you good at and how might that work for a finish?" I decided to sprint in and not only started too late but gave Catherine Walberg the leeward side. Sigh. Sunday, I was smarter. I planned the finish carefully with my strengths in mind. It went perfectly....exactly 1 lap too early. Got motorpaced back up to the field, but legs were blown for a repeat performance and lost the win by inches.
So, in short, I'm really glad I went. Needed the education and I'm looking forward to returning to Iowa for the Iowa City Road Race and defending last year's win at the Old Capital Crit. Both courses are good ones and Catherine and the PRC girls better bring their "A" game, because I'm looking for round two. ;)