I want to write up a full recap of yesterday's "race"...but I don't have time right now so I'll give the short version (yes, that is possible for me to do!).
It was cold and windy. I seriously almost backed out of doing this race a thousand times, right up to the time we took off. I secretly told myself if I made it to the big hill and quit there I'd be okay (embarrassed but okay).
Let me back up to Friday for a second...I drove the whole course
once and the hard hill TWO MORE TIMES!! I played a couple of songs and
even took a video of the last few miles with those songs playing. I
watched it no less than five times. Let me tell you...there's nothing
like having theme music for a hill climb!! ((I added one of the songs to
my playlist--"The Saints Are Coming".))
Back to the race...It's funny because all the hills that would normally completely FREAK ME OUT before really didn't yesterday because I had already been on the first part of the course on my bike. That was my saving grace. I kept thinking, and saying outloud, "I've done this before...I've been here...I've already survived this and it wasn't bad." When I got to the section I had videoed I had the songs running through my head and in my mind I was just watching the screen. I knew how long each climb would be even when I came to a spot where I couldn't see the top. I had picked out some landmarks to mark easier sections and knew when the hard climb was coming so I could mentally prepare (or quit...just being honest).
In a nutshell...I did it!! I didn't stop. I didn't get out of the saddle (not sure if that's a good thing or not, but I think it's good). And...I came in THIRD PLACE!!! It sounds really good until you find out there were only three of us there!!! The first place girl was a 15 year old who's 17 year old sister had just done the B race (2 loops) and then rode with her sister for a third loop...they are both AMAZING and were way in front of us after about 5 or so miles. Second place was a Tribe-mate of mine who is an Ironman. We rode together the whole time (with her leading...but I refused to draft off her after it became apparent I wasn't going to be able to pull her for more than a couple of minutes...it just wouldn't have been fair). We finished pretty much side-by-side with her out in front about 10".
I promise I'm not trying to over-exaggerate here...but yesterday was truly life-changing for me. I told my husband later, I remember the day I held a mouse and I remember the day I sat on my roof...and I will forever remember the day I rode up that monster-sized BEAST hill!! (If that didn't make sense, read my previous post...)
Thanks for stopping in, come again soon!