USGP #4 wrapped up yesterday in 60+ degree weather! What a crazy weekend. I am really, really pleased with my race on Saturday.
I thought I had an amazing race on Sunday.
I’m going to make a long story short, mainly cause I am exausted and really need to take a nap. I am sitting in Sarah’s apartament in Brooklyn again. Waiting to meet her for an early dinner and then head off to JFK airport.
The race on Sunday was awesome. My kind of course, lots of off camber turns, hard sections that I could ride and make time up on other people forced to run them and, really fast flat sections. A “power” course it was called.
Well, per usual, I started dead last. Now typically it would not be that big of a deal but, there were like 80+ starters. I had a great start and rode a smooth race. I was catching and passing people left and right the entire time. I caught this group of 6 in the last lap and attacked them right away and finished my race up really, really strong.
“Man, that was totally a top twenty race!” I KNEW I was in the money!
So, I’m all pumped and get changed and head over to collect and check the results. I’m scanning the top 20, nope not in there, scan the top 30, nope not there either, hmm…
…34th! What the?
There you go. My BEST race this season was also my worst placing! Ha! I felt a hundred times more confident and solid in my race on Sunday than I have at ANY other race so far.
If you look at the riders in this field, it is basically the EXACT same field we are going to have at the Cyclocross National championships in Rhode Island this December. So 34th is not pathetic.
But, I have to say I am dissappointed. It is truly frustrating still having to race from the back. I have GOT to score myself some UCI points this season. I think I am going to head back out to the East coast the weekend before nationals and try to snag some at a couple smaller UCI races. I do have 6 USGP points so now I can at least battle it out for a top 20 USGP finish. I am really motivated right now to step my racing up a notch.
Ok, enough about racing.
I miss Portland TONS. I’ll be in around midnight tonight. Then up at 7am Tuesday morning for a brutal mountain bike ride in forest park.
Training, soy mochas, bikework.