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 Posted: Mon Apr 30th, 2007 05:20 pm

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This weekend's racing is exactly why I work so hard (ha!) at training and bella stuff.

Fun and suffering in one big ol hot hot weekend.

The weekend started off with a success that carried us through the rest of the stages. We had a plan to try and get Soni the win in the 35+ and maybe get a 4 to roll with her on the leadout....and low and behold it worked perfecto like. I can't believe it we did it on the first ever try like that.

We wanted to keep it together in the crit so we were not agressive this time. However, Left Coast was. (I love that they were by the way!) and attacked several times. I marked their attacks and they were quickly brought back by the field. The 4s chased us down, even when there were no 4s in our group, which is what we guessed they would do.

BY five laps to go it was apparent it was going to be a field sprint.

By 3 laps to go, I became nervous with the surges and the antsy 4s and decided to get to the front to set tempo. I tried to set a pace that kept everyone content and kept me with something in reserve.

Linda was amazing as she was everyone's eyes. I love love love having her in our races. She is like a special secret weapon that no other team has. She kept me warned of any dangerous movements.

Angela and Tracy both came up along one side of me which was wonderful. This kept me from being swarmed and I really only had to watch one side for anything dangerous.

Just before the last lap, Left Coast attacked again. I was able to mark it and it actually helped us and she was pulling nice and strong and that was less work for me. She pulled until just past the finish line and then slowed very suddenly. Fortunately Tracy was on my side and I got her to let me out. I started the acceleration and just before the next turn Linda went, and it was great as it acted like a fake lead out as she took some key Left Coast gals wide and then slowed down, while I took the real train sharp into the corner. A glance under my arm revealed Laura perfectly positioned and Soni somewhere behind her. This was it, go time!

I took it as long as I could into the headwind section. After leading for several laps and marking attacks I didn't as much left in me as I wanted. I was only able to bring it about 3/4s down the back side. That still left almost half a lap for just Laura and Soni..a little short but Laura is amazing and I knew she would kill herself to go as long as she could.

As I pulled off, Laura came around and pegged it. I watched her go with Soni positioned right on her. Normally, in a crit, after a leadout effort, you can just stop pedaling and coast in. But since this was a stage race, I had to somehow keep going and try to finish with the pack. This was, the second hardest effort of suffering I spent on the whole stage race. I took a deep breath, and somehow latched on to the very back of the pack. The back was splitting into pieces and I had to close a couple of gaps even. I was so busy suffering to stay on, that I didn't even see the finish. I saw a flurry of bella jerseys at the front so I was hopeful.

Laura suffered to to stay in the pack and we both crossed the finish line together...exhausted.

I was amazed that we were able to execute our plan and would have been completely satisfied, regardless of the result. But moments later we learned that Soni won! And that Julie rode the train perfectly to take 2nd!

I cannot tell you how much it means to me to help my teammate, and my friend win the 35+ crit.

The weather started heating up quickly, so we headed to the shade to cool down on our trainers and get hydrated. We only had a few hours of recovery before we had to head out into the heat of the day for Stage 2, the Time Trial.....

 

Results for the crit were a little botched but since we had to head off to the TT, we did not know until the next morning. They missed Laura and I in the pack and gave us time at 40 seconds back, which was the time of a few gals who came off on the last lap. I didn't think the time would matter, but I was annoyed because we both KILLED ourselves to avoid that. I field a protest and even showed the official the sprint video that Michael had taken. He said it would be fixed, but it never was and I was just too tired to deal with it.

They also missed Tracy L compltely who finished in 4th in the 4s. They had her place marked as "Unidentified". Turns out, some other racer claimed the unidentified 4th place. This racer was positive that it was her. In Tracy's case it really did matter and Michael had to spend considerable time with the official and the other rider to show the video he took that clearly showed TRacy was 4th. Good thing Micheal took a video of our finish!

I only got to see the last few laps of the Womens 1/2/3 race but I know that our gals were aggressive and on the prowl. And Heidi and Kim looked great in the mix. I don't know exact results, but I saw at least 3 bellas in the top ten.

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 Posted: Mon Apr 30th, 2007 06:19 pm

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Congrats Sabine! It was so awesome to watch you and the other bellas in the Crit.  You definitely looked like a cohesive team out there.

While my results were far from what I would have liked, I had a blast this weekend.  We had so many bellas out there- Cat 1-2, 3s, 4s and Masters.  I had a great time racing, talking tactics, and just chillin out with everyone. (well- it was really too hot to use that term).  And it was great to see some stellar results from our team!  Way to go gals...  :D

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i can't tell you how much it means to me to race with and be friends with such a great group of gals

and how lucky we are to have such supportive fellas who help us with everything

and i'm going to write a race report--i mean, i have to since it's my first road win--once i just a little more recovered......

 

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First win?  Yay!  Congrats!!!! :D

Can't wait to read all about it. 

And VB, how did the bumpy section taste?  You did say something about eating it for lunch...

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 Posted: Mon Apr 30th, 2007 11:21 pm

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jeninsb wrote: First win?  Yay!  Congrats!!!! :D

Can't wait to read all about it. 

And VB, how did the bumpy section taste?  You did say something about eating it for lunch...


Thats coming in the RR write up (Stage 3)

and I gobbled it up!

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This was a super fun crit.  It is amazing how a plan, and its successful execution can be so satisfying.  Congrats to Bunny on the 1st road win.  Very very cool.  I feel so happy to be part of this team.

 

 

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 Posted: Mon Apr 30th, 2007 11:39 pm

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Yum :burp:

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boy did she ever gobble it up!!

she used those cobbles to get in a break

and then rode 2 hard laps with the strongest gals out there

i don't want to spoil her story so she'll have to tell the rest but i get tired just thinking about it

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...and while everyone waits patiently for those RR race reports I will entertain you with some tt tips:

1. the camelback does absolutely work to cool down your core, but wear it under your skinsuit and take it out of the thermal bag, also those spouts have a lever on the end that actually opens them up so you can drink the water and not just bite down. 

2. Don't spend time under the apricot groves inventing things like thermal spaceball helmets with Stella, think of the short term goals...like making it to  your start time.

3. Hot Cheetos shouldn't be in anyone's vehicle during a hot stage race...As much as I love them, they will start a furnace fire in your mouth when its a cool 98 degrees outside.  Say NO thank you to the hot cheetos. 

4.  Make sure you time yourself, because in the end you could do all you can and still not get an official time.  Instead of a tt, save yourself and sit down and play cards  you could still  mathematically get yourself a result from tt official boy the next day. 

5.  the tougher the conditions the tougher my team gets, Stella thought it was a race for weenies, so she decided to challenge herself with a long sleeved black skinnysuit, no water and still managed to kick some sticky ass. 

6.  you can always make a time trialist look even dorkier, not that there is anything wrong with the  tt look but we do accept the style as a matter of aerodynamic function.  I managed to look dorky with 0 function.  When I couldn't figure out where to put the damn Camelback, I quickly tied it across my chest, yes with double knots, only later to find out there is also a lever you turn to get the water out. (see item #1)  ...and when no one waves for you at the end of your race, yes you do look like a dork.

7.  the spf on sunblock is multiplied by the amount of melanin in your skin,  I think Tracy was trying to tell me I only needed 15 instead of the 45 I requested, but then she told me it would be 0 x 30 for her and that equals 30...Can you understand why I get so confused?  Do I see math tutorials in her future? Stella?

8.  Wear cute booties!  If you really want to do a great tt, just hang out with the bunny, she'll get you there...with style...pink booties.  Now those will cut your time down by at least a minute per foot.

9.  When someone tells you there will be a tail wind on the last back stretch...don't believe them. They are just messing with your wee little brain.  The tt was windy all four stretches.

10.  tts are for lunatics...thats what Michael told me.  So after that comment I am guessing there are a lot of closet tt ers.   And why does he think I would be good at them? hmmm....do I dare admit it, I did like it in a crazy looney tunes way.

I'm gonna get this bike from Mexico...for Kern.

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I posted a few of Michael's Madera pics.

http://www.pbase.com/sdukes/madera_07

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lilly -- you and I definitely get the dork award. linda couldn't wait to tell me after the TT, "er, you're supposed to wear it under your jersey..."

i wanted to fling that thing on the side of the road. it kept whacking me in the back of the head when i tried to get all aero...

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le oops.

sorry for not being descriptive enough, guys.

 

my bad.  and your dork'o'meters rang high because of it.

 

 

... hee hee:silly monkey:

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so not your fault, Michael....


anyone with half a brain (and i'm speaking just for me here, lilly) should have known better.

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you guys are cracking me up

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rofl, this story - the tt - definitely needs pics :P

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I almost forgot to add.

I am biased of course, but I wanted to thank Michael for the race tactic advice he gave us for the 35+/4 crit.

It was fun to have a specific plan to follow and even more fun that it worked.

As someone who is fascinated by team tactics and eager to learn and give things a whirl, I am stoked to have teammates ready to do the same.

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lillybelly wrote: 3. Hot Cheetos shouldn't be in anyone's vehicle during a hot stage race...As much as I love them, they will start a furnace fire in your mouth when its a cool 98 degrees outside.  Say NO thank you to the hot cheetos. 
By the way, Minnie wants them back...

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sorry all gone it was cold here in  Salinas I had to eat them all because my body was  aclimated to the heat.  You will just have to buy her another bag.

I think the flamingo flock should eat them before those freeezy cross races.

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cool the core or heat the core, I got it all dowwwn.

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ok, here's my tardy report:

 http://xbunny.blogspot.com/2007/05/teammates-make-you-go-faster.html


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