Pictures from the trail
Colorado - a nice place to visit, but don't think I'd want to live there. Which just confirms that there is something "wrong" with me.
DFL > DNF > DNS
Well, I've been thinking about the race and over a week later I'm still trying come to terms with myself and the ride. It's not like I was expecting to win or anything like that. I was hoping that even if I wasn't competitive with the other ladies in my group that at least I could hold my own and not be too far off the back... yeah, right.
Pre-race nerves or just posing?
From what everyone keeps telling me, just finishing is a big accomplishment - especially for a flat-lander that has never ridden at altitude. I guess even the lady from Tucson had a couple thousand feet head start in acclimation.
Anyway, enough of the pity party.
The race was hard - as it should be. Here's a link to the start of my race that was taken by cyclingdirt.com, see if you can find my in my moment of glory:
Cat 1 Start Women 7 | 2009 USA Mountain Bike National Championships Cat 1 on CyclingDirt Posted using ShareThis
Alan's race is start is Cat 1 Start 9; Kyle's is Cat 1 Start 1; and, if you watch the Cat 1 Start 8 (15/16) they pan around the corner and show the rest of the climb.
Speaking of Alan, here's a couple pics of him on the stupid, steep descent on the Patriot Trail section
I'm off my bike because the racer in front of me is off...
...yeah, that sounds good, it's all her fault I didn't ride this!
Portable recycling taken to a whole new level
Maybe the bottles could be melted down and used as a Bondo substitute?
19 hours ago