We kicked off the first really nice day of the year by taking our retro Schwinn Hollywood & Silver King to the Bulldog in Uptown to help support Evanator's fight against cancer. The fundraiser was a great success and it was awesome to see so many wonderful people come out to support such a wonderful young man!
Tuesday night we headed to the TNW crits at the State Fairgrounds. It was so much fun! I got to rock my new Podiumwear skinsuit for the first time - SO HOT! Plus, CB, Pritz, and Alye all showed up for the race and we had an awesome time riding together. Then, true Girl Fiend style, we had a fabulous time hanging out with some beers after the race while we cheered on the men and joked about this and that.
It has been WAY TO LONG since I've had a handful of teammates to race with and I'm so happy to have that opportunity again. We have such an awesome group of women on our team - I feel so blessed!Hollywood, I knew I just had to try to be small and hold on for dear life. The winds were 25-30 mph w/ 40mph gusts and the temps were maybe in the 40's (sans windchill).
The first 3 miles were straight into the head/cross wind and I kept as tucked as I could. Luckily, there were some tailwind sections to get the speed up, helping me finish at a blazingly fast speed. As I approached the final 100m of the race, I was doing 31mph and battling a few crosswind gusts that battled my front wheel. I was too afraid to let go of my bars to grab onto my bullhorns, so I just leaned into the wind and held on tight.
Much to my surprise, the results were posted and I found out that I won the women's Open race! I was 24 sec. slower than the same time last year, but that was fine with me, considering the conditions. What blew me away even more though, was beating two of the fastest gals on TT bikes that I know, Bonnie and Julia... I think I've got to thank my fat bike for that... it truly kept my strength up over the winter.
Ridin' high after the big win, Hwood and I ate, took a quick nap, and then geared up again to hit the trails at Theodore Wirth with the Chucker. It was nice to get out of the wind in the woods and have fun with the boys. I'd been riding so much this week, though, that I was out of clean cycling kits so I just re-wore my kit from earlier... I love the new Girl Fiend kits so much, I wear them everywhere! I think I'm gonna have to buy more (or do the laundry more often... whichever's easier) :o)
And, in the middle of all that riding and racing, I took a day to print our latest t-shirt from Girl Fiend Designs with my fave Girl Fiend, Teri. Officially available for purchase now... "The Lioness of Flanders"!
Now we just have to get our work done and ramp up for another handful of races on the horizon. Hopefully we'll have sunny skies, dry trails, clear roads, safe rides, and great stories!