We did it!!! We lived through the Team TT and even looked darn good while doing it. Star, Lisa, Gina and I took second by four seconds (OUCH!!) but in the end, we accomplished all of our goals and had a great weekend.
It was COLD when we got to the race at 7:30am on Sunday... I guess fall arrived sometime in the middle of the night Saturday, the car said 48 degrees. We shivered through a warm up (which included a 15 minute "huddle" in the bathroom for warmth) and rolled up to the line with a plan. I think we were all nervous but excited With 15 seconds until they said "go" Lisa dropped her chain!!! Talk about nerves... we got it on with a couple of seconds to spare and we were off. The goal was to work together flawlessly and ride a smooth race... winning would be a bonus. We rode a great race...it was a success on all counts. The only HUGE bummer was that we took second by four seconds. FOUR SECONDS!!!
After a long lunch we suited up for a second time that day for the crit. The course was really SKETCHY and we were all a bit nervous and tired. Once they said "go" we were too focused to worry about it. It was fast and our legs were TIRED. Gina and I worked hard early and dropped the majority of the field. After a hard fought battle at the finish line I took second and Gina was third. I made an unfortunate call on where to start my sprint... a little too late. I ran out of real estate but 2nd and 3rd is still not all bad. The girl that won didn't do the time trial that morning so she was fresh and it showed. Lisa and Star got 8th and 9th, great job guys!!! Crit racing is an art that they are both still learning so it was a huge success.
All in all it was a great weekend. We learned a ton about racing together as a TEAM and what each of our riding styles bring to things. It was an awesome way to get a jump on 2008 and we had a blast doing it.
Gina, what category are you again???
Thanks for reading....