I have never been one for long, lengthy, detailed packed race reports. Nutshell version of Saturday’s Spring Series Race.
We were placed in a CAT4/CAT5 grouping and within minutes we were off. With a pack of maybe 15 riders we were to complete 3 loops for a total of 21 miles. The first two loops were actually easier than I thought they might be and we moved along as a pack rather efficiently. Because of some riders that were horrible at holding their lines I moved towards the back of the pack to avoid what I thought might result in a wreck. Not such a good move since I do know that this is the worst place to be for efficient racing. As we began our 3rd and final loop the pace picked up. Still manageable but if you are not ready and surge when the pack takes off you are done. This happened 4 miles out from the finish. It was at this point that 4 of us, including me, was dropped (example of poor placement in the pack) and a small gap was formed that we just could not bridge. Still we formed a pace line and finished with a nice strong sprint.Sprint to the Finish
This weekend was just amazing and for once we had picture perfect weather. On Sunday I had the pleasure of supporting a friend who was running a Marathon SOLO. His original event was canceled due to bad weather so he decided to run his own here in our home town. Several runners jumped in a shared miles with him. I was able to run the first 7 miles with him and then jumped in for the last 4 miles. Simply AMAZING!
Thank goodness for compression socks!!