It's been a while and I apologize....I've been training and getting ready for Nationals, which turned out to be a great weekend for myself and the team. We took home 2 National Championship jerseys and I was second in both the criterium and the road race.
The criterium was flat and mostly the same course from last year but with some added corners, it made it a bit more fun! And thank goodness there were no storms to cut the race down! There were crashes however and I felt for a couple of people because the race hadn't gone 5 pedal strokes from the start line and there was a BAD crash - dang! So we were neutralized on the FIRST lap!! We stopped and restarted after the girl was taken off the course.
The race was pretty uneventful until the last 10 laps or so and then teams started attacking to either try for a break or string out the field but it was all together in the last lap(thanks to some hard work from TIBCO) and right when Sam was throttling the pace back up hard on the back side, Alison Powers comes by with Gokey-Smith, Carmen and Theresa on her wheel, so I jumped to that train. Theresa jumped right before the last turn and I jumped with her, with Powers and the other three on the inside and Theresa and I on the outside of the turn. The picture below is going into the last turn and Theresa had the jump on me but I did my best to close and come around but it was just a little late with a close finish line photo. Carmen came in third, Powers in 4th and my teammate Sam in 5th, winning the U23 jersey.
Photo credit - Jonathan Devich
Going into the last 1k, Optum was leading out Carmen, with Alison on her wheel, followed by Megan and then myself. Megan jumped and I got on her wheel and stayed there to make sure no one was coming around her. It was fun to watch her celebrate and to be second to my teammate was a blast!!!
Listening: Alan Jackson, So You Don't Have To Love Me Anymore
Reading: Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckof
Watching: cars roll by, I'm sitting in a Starbucks for the Internet.... ALSO watching the fires in Colorado :(
Eating: for breakfast - Yogurt, granola, raspberries and bananas