What a difference a weekend makes. I jumped into Superweek races over my lunch hour on both Friday and today. Friday felt like I had concrete tires and I dropped out halfway through the race. Today, I didn’t know how early to jump – waited a little too long and ended up in 9th place. Not bad. I had the legs and lungs, but instead of just going for it on the last climb to the finish, I was hanging back waiting for someone to go. When they did I reacted, but I wasn’t able to advance. Experience will build a little more confidence, and maybe the next race I’ll try to jump before someone else does.
Before the race, I had a sales meeting and 2 appointments to make, so getting there and getting prepared left me pretty stressed out. Next year, I’ll definitely take a little more time on race days to get a little more focused, hydrated, etc. It’s not fun jumping out of your truck, throwing your dress clothes off in the middle of a park and hauling butt up to the registration table in order to make it in time.
Unlike Friday, today was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed myself, felt up to the task and raced well. I lack experience – anticipating moves and even cornering in the pack – but all that will come. Overall, pretty happy with how I did.
WORS race Sunday – looks to be a MUDFEST.