Wednesday, March 5, 2014

On What Makes Race Weekends So Great!

Well you already know all about my race this weekend, but so much more happened this weekend besides the 1.5 hours I was attempting to shred the gnar at Flat Creek Ranch. Here are some highlights about what makes race weekends the greatest!

For starters, my team mate Mike and I got lost trying to find the place we were staying at 1:30am on Friday morning. Both our phones were dead, no maps in the rental van, and no names on the street signs to indicate where we were. We had to jump out of the van and run after a woman driving by to ask for directions, and got really lucky that she knew how to get us where we wanted to go. Needless to say I was convinced we would end up sleeping in the van at one point. 
This is the cute house we stayed in.

An this is the cute view from said house. I even got to "graze" in that garden, but only ended up eating extremely bitter broccoli. 

On Friday, after we slept in... oh wait, there was no sleeping in because I woke up STARVING at 7:30am. So really, after almost sleeping in, and finding decent coffee in Wimberly, we built up our bikes! I almost completed mine all by myself, maybe by the end of the season I will understand bikes :) 
Dialing the headset in the Texas sun. Notice how our bikes are twins, same size and everything. 

Then it was off to pre-ride the course. I have decided my favorite part of racing might be pre-riding because you are basically goofing off on bikes with a bunch of super fun people. I had a great time, and learned some skillz too :)
The picture isn't too good, but I may have been getting some air there... also catching bugs.

You already know all the gory details about Saturday and the race, but the fun didn't end when I crossed the finish line. 
Maybe my favorite moment of the weekend was getting a pic with my favorite bike racer. And look at that hot 'stash!

And Sat night we had dinner with Beth! She drove way out of her way after running a 15 mile race to come see me, so I felt very special.
I miss you Beth! Glad we had a few hours to catch up :)

Other random highlights include hanging out with my team mates (who are super rad. Why must they live so far away?), staying up till midnight Sat night chatting with Erin because she is awesome and we don't get to hang out nearly as much as I would like, and getting to explore part of the country I would otherwise never visit. Texas, you are alright in my book. And that is why race weekends are the greatest. I can't wait till the next one!

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