Sunday, May 31, 2009
The golf course
The course itself only had about 500 feet elevation gain per lap but it was a turny 500 feet! You weren't going more than 7-10 seconds in a straight line the entire time....that is unless you were on the pavement which the course had plenty of too. It was a good mix of pavement ascents and descents along with the wicked fun singletrack that would make anyone happy. Everything was super dry and there were plenty of roots and rocks to go around.
One of the more technical ascents
And there were fast parts too!
But the fast parts were faster than me. I came in 9th which is a step in the right direction but I still want more. For now I need to be happy with a Top 10 placing.
Here is the reason I race. Check out the endorphin high I have right after finishing....
And the Women's race:
Got the hole shot but not for long. Watch that red jersey of mine get swallowed up!
What a fantastic race weekend. I sure hope we come back here because I will be back in a flash!
Thanks again to my wonderful and extremely enthusiastic hosts, Ken and Linda!
Friday, May 29, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
It has been a good long while since I have gotten up at 5 am for a race but that is what duty called for on this Memorial Day.
It was looking to be a nice day out there with sun and warm temps but the fact that the rain came in yesterday and overnight stirred things up a bit. The trails we were to race on are pristine but they were now muddy from all the recent weather. And sending 500 racers on muddy trails through there wasn't gonna fly so the race was going to be completely re-routed at the very last second.
When I got to the race, there was an hour delay on the 9am start. No biggie, I can waste an hours time like nobodys business. But by the time I had completely warmed up along with everyone else, we all found out that the race had been delayed even longer another 3 hours and the course was going to be very short with 30 minute laps.
Wow, what is one to do now given that scenario? Most people thought they were going to be home and showered by the time we were to start the race today! At this point too, most people were getting super hungry because we had all eaten our last meal at 6am in preps for a 9 am start. So depending on what needed to get done, some people went to the local coffee and bagel shop, some went to wash their bikes and most just hung out under the tents.
Here is Ty enjoying a mid morning race breakfast of a raspberry tart bar.
All these things other people did were probably way better than what I did. I don't think in all my years racing I have ever come across this scenario so it was uncharted waters. I chose to pass some of my time goofing around some.
But I learned what NOT to do and what NOT to do the week leading up to a race.... if you want to feel good during the race that is.
1. Don't hammer yourself with nothing but intervals with very few recovery days all week long.
2. Don't just drink water during a delay even if that is all you feel like drinking!
3. Don't ride the day before up hill in the sluggy mud while its raining.
4. Eat more than just a Hammer Bar while waiting in between races...that is 4 hours after all!
5. Try getting more than 6 hours sleep in the nights leading up to the race.
6. Don't spend 1 hour the night before the race cleaning "pottery mud" off every single part of your bike. Who glued that stuff on there anyway?
Needless to say that when the race did start, I suffered like a dog. I felt sooooo bad. By the time we started the race most were already done mentally which just added to the misery. But seriously my body was not happy with whatever choices I made today and the last week but I fought through every miserable pedal stroke for the win.
But the race wasn't without a catapult into the river as I was crossing it for the 4th time. My hands never came off the bars even as my gloves didn't get wet. I think as I was trying to maintain speed through the river I was bucked off my bike by a river rock lurking below. I definitely got wet and it actually felt good under the warm temps.
I also almost got my leg ripped off by a snake. I was on the wheel of another rider and all of the sudden it was him vs. the snake that was wanting to cross the singletrack. But that only alarmed the snake and as I came through a second later it lifted itself up about 8 inches right by my ankle. I thought oh great that is all I need right now! Plus I didn't want to hurt it! But somehow all 3 of us came away without incident.
After the race, since I didn't do well by my body I felt so sick (until about 9pm actually). But I wasn't the only one that felt sick out there. Gordy, Shannon and Jen's dog, was on bored with that one too. We all sat around it for a while too just laughing and not really caring it was there (only bike racers right!?) but Jen decided to clean it up. Check out the video.
At least I held mine in. Alabama is up next!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Wow.....where have I been?! Well it obviously wasn't the computer as you can tell but I am still home in Utah although I am chomping at the bit to leave again for racing.
So a bit of a recap...Chris had his check up just under 2 weeks ago and things were looking as good as they could be only 2 weeks out from surgery. The doctor was pleased with what he saw.
Yep, some swelling
Nice franken - stitch
Chris was given this black boot to wear now that stretches out his Achilles and calf muscle so that it isn't permanently shortened. I guess if you don't do that you end up walking on the ball of your foot the rest of your life. That is no good! Thank heavens they know about these things!! So Chris is still on crutches until the end of June when he can start weight bearing 25%. That is also when ankle therapy will start.
I tell you what....the second I ever start feeling good or tell someone I am doing well, stuff like this happens to my poor mom that just doesn't need anymore happening to her. The phone call sadly didn't affect me much either because it's happening so often that I am becoming numb to it! How horrible is that? When my brother called to let me know what was happening with mom he could have just been telling me mom was going to the store by my reaction. But that doesn't mean I didn't think and worry about her all day!!! But she is out of the ER now and back in assisted living for the moment.
I have even gotten Chris into Pilates with me too!! He is eager to build his upper body and burn calories as much as possible since he has gone from 100 mph to a halt. He has been hitting the gym, rock climbing (using one leg!!) and is joining us gals in the Pilates studio twice a week. It has been fun to introduce him to all my Pilates buddies that have been hearing about him for years now but never met him.
So don't you worry about Chris because he is just a busy little guy getting around the house and area like rock star. We had an amazing friend loan us an automatic car that he can use to get away from me when he wants even! Freedom!! Chris is getting a ton of work done on the computer too which is just awesome. He has been extremely busy with all kinds of things and is holding up super well really. I am amazed at how well he has been able to adapt to life on one leg.
Afterwards there was a Team Revolution BBQ. These kids brought a snake in that they had caught on their own somehow. It looked like a rattler but it wasn't. They had been hanging with the snake for most of the race too!
The next day Heather, myself, Ron Prue, The Chad, Carolyn Popovic and Sarah Kaufmann all went for a ride on the Flying Dog Trail in Park City. Carolyn and Sarah were just here quick for the weekend to race and were heading back to CA promptly after the ride. Life on the road! On the trail there were some wet spots that still existed but it was nothing that should keep you off it at this point. We BBQed it up at the Chads later that night and tried to get him to repeat his made up word "Stumpifide". It was originally used in a sentence by The Chad such as this....."Scientists were stumpifide as to where it came from". Then he looked at us weird and said, is that a word? Oh The Chad......Oh The Chad (shaking my head).
As for this week, it has been a normal one for me so far. I hate to say that actually because I feel like that jinxes me some. But I said it anyway. Pretty stupid that if life is without crazy phone calls hearing about my sick parents for 10 whole entire days that I think life is wonderful. It is all perspective I guess and I am happy that all seems to be well with them at the moment. I know mom is eating more at this point and actually has an appetite again which is a godsend. She also seems to be holding off the infection as well......
But yeah, training normal, feeling normal, recovering normal, haven't had a big blow out cry session in almost 3 weeks....life is good! Getting ready to head to Alabama at the end of next week for the next race with the help of my fantastic sponsors. I hadn't planed on doing it so I didn't have quite the tire selection I needed and as for setting the new tires up on my SunRingle rims....well let's just say that I am glad our AWESOME mechanic CMag lives in SLC.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Oh and I had a first today on my bike. There was this little cute white dog with a tee shirt on in the middle of the road and when he saw me he was the happiest dog ever. It was as though I were its owner getting home finally. Then after he ran up to me all cute like, he started running along side me. He was so happy and so cute. But to not get attacked and barked at by a dog and instead have a happy little one be so excited to see me was a true first!
Good news with my mom too. She has SO far been able to fight off this last bout of the infection that keeps returning. Keep crossing your fingers on this one because if she can keep this infection at bay and not let it come back a 6th time she will get to go back on her rheumatoid arthritis treatments which will give her her life back. But despite that, my tough ole mom sounds better and is better. She is still a tiny little thing but she is eating and has an appetite again thank heavens.
On that note, it may have been a real good thing that we had to leave Santa Barbara (4 weeks early!) because Chris needed surgery. Those fires there sound terrible and I know that our buddies house where we were staying was SUPER close to the northern evacuation line. That would not have been pleasant time and we may have found ourselves evacuated and drivng to Heber anyway right now!