My team was pretty stellar today.
For my part, I had horrible legs today. I could tell when I went to bed last night, fighting a cold or just being tired from the big week of training.
And this morning I did not have my head in the game. I half thought about not starting. I have a bunch of other stuff going on in my life and I was distracted. So I had a crap start and did a bunch of chasing. Almost dropped out after the first two laps. My legs were just not firing on all cylinders.
I did a bunch of work with Shannon trying to keep Solomon in the chase for the series win. Then with 3 or 4 to go I got myself up in the lead group with Sean Babcock, Chris Sheppard and my teammate Kevin Hulick. There was tons and tons of lapped traffic to negotiate.
My teammate Kevin attacked within the final lap. He had a few bike lengths on us and I was screaming at him: “f’ing go Kevin go!” he was just barely dangling off the front. I even apologized to Babs for not being able to do any work. If we got within a bike length of Kevin I’d have to jump them both for the counter attack/win.
The 4 of us entered the final stretch pretty much together and sprinted it out through a mud bog-bull pen.
Sheppard said something about punching the next lapped rider that screwed up his race. I hope he did’nt… the finish was ridiculous, the four of us were screaming at riders in our way.
I got third place in the run in to the finish, did what I could to make sure Kevin stayed away for the win.
And he took it.
Go team Vanilla!