|Steamboat Stage Race Crit|
|"Training" with Cori|
Last weekend I headed up to Steamboat Springs to race my first cycling stage race. I got so much positive feedback from the Reve Tour about how strong I was riding that I figured I needed to give the whole bike racing idea a shot. And it was awesome! The stage race was a TT, Road Race, and Crit format. I raced with the women Pro,1,2,3 group which was great because this was my chance to really size myself up agains the best racers in Colorado. The TT went well, not super, but good enough to put me in 8th overall. The road race was so much fun and despite getting popped on the last big climb as a few of the girls sprinted (no speed here), I didn't lose any spots and kept myself in 8th overall. My high end speed and strength is still lacking but I managed to put one together and hang on through the tough bits. The crit was what I was most worried about though. Crits are all about high end power. They're short and fast, exactly what I'm not trained for at the moment. But not only did I manage to not get in any crashes or get dropped, I actually beat out one of the girls ahead in points and walked away from the weekend in 7th overall. Not too bad for the first real race with the pros and 1/2s. I might just have to try this cycling thing a little more next season....
|Rocky Mountain National Park|
|Tired pups after a weekend of mountain fun|