The past two weeks have been quite a whirlwind for me. I flew home from Atlanta for three days to grab my new bike, refresh and see...
Unlike previous trips I’ve made this summer, we took the whole Cyclesmith Junior Racing Team- which was awesome.
I’ve had some great experiences in Quebec, and last week was no exception. Every race is different and I always learn something new. The August 15-16 weekend in Sherbrooke was composed of two xc races. I wasn’t sure exactly what the differences would be, but I decided to do the back to back races in preparation for Worlds. My main goals were to practice starting and get some climbing in for the races, and outside that was to gain back some endurance.
Sherbrooke held two Quebec Cup races and from what I saw, the numbers were relatively low for each race because most riders chose one or the other. However, Junior Expert Female had same start as the Senior Elite, so we had about 10 girls we could still race. I really liked this, and I think other riders did too, because just about everyone had someone to battle with.
High temperatures, adventures and great team mates definitely made the weekend a memorable one. Unlike previous trips I’ve made this summer, we took the whole Cyclesmith Junior Racing Team, which was awesome. I haven’t seen much of the team with all of my travelling lately and it was good to see everyone again! Congrats to all of you for stark efforts, and the other NS riders who attended the event. Good to see so many familiar faces, but I have to add that I am now very familiar with my friendly out of province competitors as well!
Lessons Learned: I don’t usually have trouble communicating with my/our feed zone support, but now I will always make sure that I have and will have what I need for race day. Don’t get caught without a bottle for the first lap! Ack! Also, I don’t have much experience doing two hard races in a row, so I was not recovered for the second one. My lesson: Even if the second one isn’t going well because of fatigue… Make sure you still enjoy it. We always say to set small goals that you can accomplish within the race.. Do one corner at a time, but it’s hard to remember that if you’re pumped on adrenaline and racing wheel to wheel. However, remembering to take the course one section at a time- saved my race.
I wanted to use these this weekend to practice my starts – to quote dad, “None of that starting first lap in 10th place anymore!” Sadly, neither of my starts were particularly good but that just means I need more practice- which I knew.
Thank you to everyone who made the past week possible, it was fun. Thanks to Dad for making the drive up to QC again, I’m sure you’re getting tired of that by now! Thanks to everyone who helped organize and pull off this project- team parents, coaches, mechanics, and cooks.(yum) Thanks to my sponsors; Bontrager, BNS, S4S and Steele Ford.
The countdown to my departure for Worlds is now 5 days!!