One of the races within the MFG series, this race pulled about 40 Cat 4 ladies out to race. It's a flat, fast course that caters to the fit road cyclist, but still had some fun mud, run ups and tight turns. My teammate Mal has been crushing cross races lately, so I made it my goal to catch her and hang on. She was in my sights for a lot of the race, but would serge ahead on the long climb, which zapped my energy. Near the end of the race, I caught her and we rode together under the finish line banner not knowing that we had just been lapped by the 1/2 women, so that meant our race was over too. Our finished lacked any kind of excitement, but we finished 5th and 6th!
|Trying to keep up with Mal|
This race is under a different series, Cross Revolution, which are known for having more technical courses than MFG. Hearing others say "this is more technical than Silver Lake" (another really tough course) made the nerves rise while I warmed up on the trainer. I had a pretty "meh" attitude toward this race, so I dilly daddled and didn't allow time for a pre-ride of the course. Going in blind!
This course had it all! Deep off camber mud, torn up dirt/rocky sections, barrier to a run up, more off camber, more run ups. It was a loooong course and I think we only did 4 laps. After a lap or two, I found myself again on the wheel of my teammate Mal (I LOVE RACING WITH HER) and we encouraged each other to keep pushing. She informed me that we were sitting 2nd and 3rd, which got me really pumped. WE COULD PODIUM! We kept the gas on for the final lap and I snagged 2nd and she came in right behind me for 3rd! Racing this course was really good practice. Technical sections usually scare me, but with more practice they are less daunting.
|May and Mal, at it again!|
|SO FUN! 2nd and 3rd!|
After finishing 2 semi-successful races, I set higher goals for Marymoor. I wanted to podium. The schedule for this race was different than others with later start times and races going into the dark hours under the lights of the velodrome. Yes, a cyclocross race at a velodrome. The forecast called for increasing rain throughout the day and that's exactly what happened. The first races of the day were pretty dang dry with all parts of the course very ridable, but as the day progressed, that dirt turned to mud, which turned to deeper mud. #cyclocrossweather This cross season hasn't given us PNWers any mud practice, so many people including myself went into this race not knowing what to do with all the mud/off-camber mess that was this course.
By the 2nd lap of the race, I was running all off camber sections, but even that was hard. My shoes were so packed with mud that I didn't have any better traction than my bike did, so I still fell. Try to stand up, fall again. It became very frustrating. I could barely walk! Some girls were able to ride this stuff and they passed me which made me quickly scratch my podium goals. By the 2nd to last lap, I was over it. Thoughts of a DNF passed through my mind. My bike became very difficult to pedal. I assumed that it was because I was tired, but no, it was because it was caked with mud. Somehow, I continued to the finish line and even eeked out a little sprint. Although I thought I was pretty much in last place, I came out in 11th, which is my worst result this season, but still pretty good in a field of 40. Post race, my attitude turned around once I had dry, warm clothes on and a beer in my hand. Looking back, I wish I would have had a better attitude about the mud instead of getting frustrated.
|Not as muddy as I feel.|
|Hagens Berman/Society Consulting ladies!|
1. Keep up with my teammates
2. Have fun no matter what. I'm not allowed to get pissed off.