Being upstaged was never so fun as this weekend. Mom rode my TT set up to a Senior Olympics qualification in all three cycling events available to her - the 5K and 10K time trials and the 20K road race. In fact, being unaccustomed to a road race situation and having raised my seat a tad, the TT bike was so comfortable that she rode it for the road race and just stayed out of the pack where she went on to "pick off a couple of old guys" despite her positioning.
Mom, aka Nancy Brown, will represent Nebraska next year in San Francisco. By then she'll be so much faster, I predict 3 more gold medals on the mantel.
In other news, Tour of KC was sort of a wash for me. I woke up Friday morning with that little tell-tale tickle in my throat and itchy eyes and contemplated not going, but too many plans were already in place. We arrived in KC and I raced with the men's 3s Friday evening. It went OK. I should have perhaps worked harder to hold my position in the final two laps, but I had entered to mainly just practice hanging in the pack and really didn't feel like risking life and limb when things heat up at the end.
Unfortunately, Saturday morning brought congestion so bad in my ears I could barely walk straight. I find I get a leftward list when my ears plug up. I took some meds and was feeling better, so signed up to race with the men's 3 again. I thought I could do OK because of the hill. Two laps into the race, however, I checked out. No air, no power, no point in tearing up my lungs. As it turned out, the meds were 4 hour and I really hadn't checked that. Perhaps if I'd taken another, I would have been ok. Who knows?
Sunday went better. Although tired and stuffy, I was hooked up on some good allergy relief meds and was able to race the women's event. I spent a lot of effort on attacks in hopes of getting away, but the field wasn't having it and I didn't feel quite up to the sustained power it takes to really hit hard and hold it for a while. Ended up fourth. Congratulations to Amanda Miller, who rode a smart race and won the event. Teammate Carrie Cash won the Saturday's race and was second to Amanda on Sunday.
You might say I'm pretty stupid for not managing allergies better, but they're pretty new to me and I just wasn't on top of it. Been studying up though so watch out come Gateway Cup the weekend after next. They've doubled the women's payout and Team Rev will be riding hard for its share. :)
In other news, I'm making progress sorting through my stuff and have cleared several boxes. Hope to have most of it tucked away by weekend's end. I was telling Marc about my stuff challenges and he popped me a link to the ever funny George Carlin "Stuff" skit. Give it a view and have a grin yourself.