Thursday, September 3, 2009

Going Over To the Dark Side - Big Creek Road Race

Yes, boys and girls, I finally took the plunge and signed myself up for a bike race. Just a bike race. No swim before, no run after, just 34.5 miles of just the bike. It was hard. I was hitting speeds on my bike I never imagined I would hit. And my HR was probably at levels I never have hit on the bike either (I didn't wear it to know, though). BUT, I had a blast. I absolutely loved it. I have a lot to learn about racing bikes...but I enjoyed the strategery...the chess-playing...the ability to race the competition side-by-side. Now I just need to work on becoming a smarter biker so I can hold on and not get dropped in the last lap. DOH!



Here are some of the race in pictures (and video). Courtesy of spectator extraordinare - Greyt! Enjoy!


I really am excited!!


Pre-race with my adopted biking family, the Robinsons

Getting a little pre-race pep talk from Steve

Steve with his "I wish I was racing" face on...me with my "I hope I don't puke" face on...

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Women's Beginner Race - GO!

Hanging tough with the girls...through Lap 5 (of 6).

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The girls finishing without me. :(

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But here I come!! Finishing strong!

4 comments:

Sherry said...

You rock! Period! Lovin' it! Can't wait to read more about your new adventure. VERY excited for you!

Molly said...

Great job! That bike racing is tough stuff! :)

cheryl said...

awesome!

GoBigGreen said...

Good job! Omg my first cat 4 race i got dropped in the roll out! well not really but in the 1st lap, so good job that you made it thru the entire race! It is fun!!!