I didn't notice it all week, but the first around-the-back dismount I attempted shot pain from low back, through my hip, and down my left leg....and the race hadn't even begun. When Matt yelled for us to start, I pedaled only up to a moderate pace and kept it there for the entire race. The first couple dismounts were agony, so I changed it up with a Margo/Aric-esque Over-the-top dismount. I proved to be really quick and painless, so I made my new goal to perfect it. I guess I'm still flexible enough to pull it off....Yippee!!!I definitely wasn't lapping the competition, but I was out there faster than I thought I would be. (Thanks to Jay for all the back rubbin' - You're the best, Suga!)
I thought I had completely outsmarted my own body, when I hit the long stair climb towards the start/finish. Everyone around me was running it, so I didn't even think it was ridable (which is probably for the best to save myself any more back strain). I would do great until about the 1/2 way point before my body started to sound like it had a bout of turrets....back droppin' the f-bomb, my left hip screaming something about a cupid hunt...?? I don't really know what that was all about.
Even though it would have been great to finish farther up in the pack, I was ecstatic to finish at all. I definitely couldn't have done it without Jay and the rest of the Mafia cheering me on...Thanks guys! And thanks to Linda for this sweet pic! Sorry to borrow it, there were no other pics taken.
Jay kicked out an amazing race! Coming through with the hole shot, Jay blew his chain just seconds after the start/finish. Luckily he was right by the pit, so he swapped out to his Single Speed that, albeit, had 2 flat tires. A little bit of O2 later, the man was chasing the field like a rabid dog. By this time, the rest of the A's were 50-75% of a lap ahead of him. Leave it to Hollywood to play catch up on a steep single speed and blow us all away. (I don't know exactly where he finished, so I'll post again soon. The results still aren't up and we blew out of there right after the race to get to my Dad's for a family dinner). SkinnySki got some great shots though....Jay n the Mpls Mafia (don't worry Ma & Pa, they're not literally mafia)
Harddog rode great, taking 3rd
I've decided I'm gonna lay low, but try to keep the legs spinnin' just enough to not fall apart completely at State CX. I am excited, though, to get all dressed up n' race Red Barn. That should be a gas!
Til then kids...keep an eye on the blog...there's still more to come!
Luv, Kristy Kreme