|Me and "Bilbo"|
I don't know if I would call it my best race of the season but it sure was a fun race that I'm already looking forward to doing again. Racing Rivals was held on August 9th at Clearwater Lake in Owens Cross Roads. I can't say enough good things about this race. It was an inaugural race and super small but I have a feeling it will significantly increase in size this year because it certainly had a big race feel to it and it was incredibly fun.
|Some of the Bicycle Cove Racing Team|
It's called Racing Rivals because it raises money for college scholarships for three rival colleges (Tennessee, Alabama and Auburn). But to me it was "Racing Friends".
|My start wave hamming it up!|
|I don't quite have the Popeye breathing down yet do I?|
One of the athletes I coach was doing this race. (I'm going to call her Blibo for a host of reasons that I'll have to share in another post...) Since Bilbo is younger, she started 9 minutes ahead of me. My biggest goal for the day was to catch (and pass) her. Her biggest goal of the day was to not let that happen! Getting on the bike I had that one thing in mind so I tried to dig as deep as I could. The 12 mile course is slightly rolling with no real climbs or descents. It's an out and back backwards J of a route, so there are a total of 6 turns with a turn around. My average speed of 18.8 and time of 39:15 put me in third place on the bike and took me to third in my age group. Of course, I had no idea where I stood. All I knew was that I had not caught up with (and passed) Bilbo, yet.
|The look on my face says it all!|
I had been having some issues with cramping for the first time over the summer. I'm still not entirely sure why except that because I wasn't training long I wasn't using any electrolytes on a regular basis. That day (because of the cramping issues) I put EFS in my water bottle on the bike and I took a little hand-held of it to carry with me on the run. I grabbed up my hat, race belt and bottle and headed out with the intention to catch (and pass) Bilbo.
|To the Finish|
I know what you are asking...although I beat Bilbo on the clock, it wasn't by enough to catch (and pass) her. She told me it was great motivation to know I was behind her trying to catch her the whole time. When she was tempted to slow down she pictured me getting closer which kept her going. (I think I've found a new strategy!)
This was a super fun race and I'm already looking forward to racing it again this next year...although I have a choice to make because Wet Dog is the weekend before. I know I'll register for both of them, but I have never raced back to back weekends. Sure, the distances are short, but racing short distances is HARD from start to finish! So...I'll have to think on that one. If you want to join me at either of these races, registration is OPEN right now! The price for Wet Dog increases in a couple of weeks. The price for Racing Rivals doesn't increase until July. Maybe I can chase you this year!!
Next up...my year end recap, you know since 2015 is almost three weeks old!