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Two Days, Two Races

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had an excellent weekend. Last one before the time change….hello dark at 4:00!

This weekend was pretty awesome! Going into the weekend I was planning on only racing on Sunday. I pre-registered and pretty much called that good. I did a nice, easy ride on Friday with the intent to do my “openers” on Saturday morning. Well….about 8:30 on Friday, we saw a post from a friend that indicated that Saturday’s race would be a really fun course for me. I decided to play it by ear and take my bike to the race and see what I thought. Worst case scenario, I would do my openers after Ken had raced.

I kind of fell in love with the course and signed up. It was a really tough power course with very few technical elements. Yes, please.

The start was great and I stayed with the lead group for the whole first lap. Some girls got in front of me and made some mistakes. I got gaped off of the front group but kept working hard. I managed to get in front of the few girls that passed me…minus 2.

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First podium this year! I was super excited, clearly B was not impressed.

To make it an even more awesome day, Ken finished his race in 2nd! We kind of like the same type of course. It was an awesome event and I was super happy I made the decision to race.

When Sunday came around, I was a little less enthusiastic about racing my bike. My legs and body felt tired from the day before and to be completely honest, the course that day was my nemesis from last year. Last year, I was terrified of some of the technical descents on slippery grass and this year brought similar conditions.

I went into the day just planning on riding as best as I could. My warm up was limited. I did 2 preview laps and a few minutes of riding around but my head just wasnt in the game. Last year I took 25th place at this race, so I made it my goal to try and stay in the top 10-15.

The start was fun-flat and fast and I ended up being the second person to hit the grass (last year I was last because I essentially stopped due to fear of the downhill). I hung on to the leader for a bit, but got passed by several ladies. I just didnt feel like I had anything. As the race progressed (the downhill became much less terrifying and I actually enjoyed it), I found a little bit of energy and I was able to pass a few girls back. It was an exhausting course and I feel incredibly blessed to have kept it upright and finished 5th-tons of crashes on the course. Shocked me more than anyone!

Ken had another great day of racing and finished 6th in a stacked men’s field. So proud of him!

It was a pretty exciting weekend in our house! Brooke did the best job cheering. I so love hearing her little voice while I am racing. Reminds me that there is so much more than just the bike and going fast.

A little hot yoga this morning and easy ride with the pup this afternoon has been enough to make me excited for bedtime already!

Have an amazing week!!

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And on the 18th day…she napped!

I dont always blog, but when I do, I make sure 2 weeks of really cool things happen in between so it is really long!

Since my precious little daughter only likes to nap once in a while and the time I get to blog happens to fall in those once in a whiles….here goes (to the sound of “Twinkle twinkle little star” playing on her monitor)…

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Two weekends ago, Ken raced in a 3 day Cross event up in Fort Collins. It was a Friday night (under the lights), Saturday and Sunday event which meant a lot of driving when you live about an hour South.

On Friday, my sister-in-law came over after dinner and played with Brooke before putting her to bed while the husband and I headed up to the race. It was a close to a date as we normally get! It was super fun watching him race under the lights and while it wasn’t a very Ken-friendly course (he likes more power sections than so many turns) he did great! He raced at 8:45 which meant we didnt head home until about 11pm….way past our bedtimes!

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On Saturday, we made our way back North, this time with the kiddo in tow. It was a better race for him and a shorter day for us.

On Sunday, I made the decision to race as well. My sister-in-law and her husband were racing earlier in the day and said they would stay to watch Brooke so the two of us could also have time for warm up and racing. I raced just before Ken and while the course was way outside my comfort zone (especially with a thumb and wrist that were none too thrilled about the bumpy descents and ribs that were less than thrilled with deep breathing). I made it through and was happy to finish 7th on the day. Ken had a great race and finished 7th in a very strong field! He ended up 5th overall for the 3 days of racing!

We followed the race up with a couple of days of normalcy before my mom came into town!! It was awesome to see her and we managed to cram a ton of events into a few days.

We checked out the Georgetown Loop and Brooke loved every single second. The fall colors were magnificent!

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Did some pumpkin patching

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An unpictured trip to the zoo….2 visits to Costco…Too much eating and then some bike racing!

On Saturday, we took my mom in to watch the Day 1 (C1) Cyclocross event. A bunch of the pros were in town so it was fun to go spectate the open race. Ken chose not to buy the UCI license this year and it was really neat to get to watch it with him (normally he would be racing that one).

On Saturday, I made everyone get up early so we could leave the house by 7:15 to make it to Boulder for my race. It was a pretty technical course with a lot of sketchy descents. AKA….my least favorite type of race. I was so lucky that my mom was there to watch Brooke and Jasper and Ken could take me out to preview the course and choose lines.

It must have been because I was trying to impress my mom, but I rode the best I have all season. I was able to ride all of the sections that didnt require running up stairs or that were too steep to stay on the bike…and I didnt even freak out! This would have been a different story last season (I probably wouldnt have raced it at all!).  I was able to finish just off the podium in 4th place. I was seriously elated! It was a tough course and they made us do 1 lap too many which put me at just under 52 minutes of racing (we are supposed to race for 40 minutes).

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Yep, that’s about right.

After grabbing some lunch and hanging out…it was time for Ken to jump into his first ever single speed race…meaning he had to choose 1 gear for the whole course! He loved it AND crushed it!

He ended up finishing 2nd to our friend, Gage, who is an incredibly talented junior racer.IMG_2481

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So pround! Then, little Miss B thought it would be fun to practice her podium skills…She clearly is going for the top step 🙂

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It has been a blast of a couple of weeks and we are already back at the training this week! Ken is planning on a Double weekend again and I will be racing Sunday. We are supposed to get some cold weather and rain…should be really ‘cross-y this weekend!

Going to enjoy the last of the sun for a while 😉

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Who Needs Hands?

What a wild ride of a weekend. After a good solid week of training, I was pretty excited to race!

Ken did a double weekend and raced both Saturday and Sunday and did awesome. I was worried that his legs would be flat after his first big week of training, but he did well Saturday and then managed a 4th place podium finish on Sunday. Not too shabby!

After his Saturday race, he dropped me off at a trail head to ride the rest of the way home for my pre-race workout. It did NOT go as planned. About 23 minutes into the ride, I flatted. I didnt have a tube with me, so I was forced to call Ken to drive all the way back out to trade for a wheel off of his bike. That would have been just fine had I not been 1.5-2 miles down a hill. I had to hike up this bad boy (and then more that you cant see) to make it up to meet him.

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Not exactly what I wanted to do the day before a race, but stuff happens! Changed wheels, rode the rest of the way home and sulked a bit.

On Sunday, we played around in the morning before packing everything up to head south for the races. The little one let me do her first french braid. I died of the cuteness.

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It was pretty chilly out so my sister in law and her husband (who had raced earlier) offered to take Brooke back to their house while the husband and I raced. Brooke had a BLAST and it was nice to not worry about what she was up to with tons of bikes around.

Ken raced first and did amazing. It was an awesome course and I got to see a lot of his race from various parts of my warm up. I pre-rode the course and really enjoyed it. I knew it was going to be a good course for me. Lots of power sections!

The start of our race was great. Flat, paved and into a climb. My fave! You can see a picture of the start here. Yes, I am the tropical skittle. It was a great 3 minutes of racing before things went South. I was feeling great! Legs felt good…it was cold out so my lungs were happy! I was sitting right where I wanted to be…in 5th right at the back of the lead group.

And then….I ate it. HARD. I am typically one to be conservative into turns and I take some flack for it. Well, I threw caution to the wind and ended up way to fast into a turn that happened to be soft dirt covered with gravel and rock. At around 15 mph, my front wheel washed out and I went over the bars. I managed to keep my face from hitting the ground at the expense of my hand and wrists. The momentum from my speed flipped me over the front of my hands with my bike attached to my feet. The bike flew off and I landed hard on my back/hip. It was terrible. Knocked the wind out of me and for a second I thought about just staying there as girls flew over me and kept racing. Adrenaline took over and I hopped back on my bike and kept racing.

I could hear spectators making comments on the fact that I had obviously gone down-I was covered in dirt and bleeding from my leg, but I kept going. I managed to pick off many of the girls who had gotten in front of me and 37 minutes later I crossed the finish like in 9th (out of 38).

Yes, I was disappointed to “waste” a day that I felt so good with a crash. I really think I could have stayed in the top 5. BUT I am happy that I got back on and finished. That night and the past 2 days have been a little rough. I look and feel like I got hit by a small truck. Lots of scrapes and bruises and a sprained wrist and thumb. So happy as I really feel it could have been a lot worse.

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I took a day off the bike yesterday and when Ken gets back from his ride I am going to see if it is possible to go out for a spin. I would really like to race this coming Sunday (Ken has Fri, Sat and Sun races), but I wont do anything stupid.

That’s bike racing!

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