Such a beautiful, sunny day! We were up at the starting line at the Stone Church at 8am to watch my 9-year-old, Corby, start his race (silver medal for NYS!).
I had a little time to go back to town for a cup of coffee and then get on my bike to ride back up to the starting line. There were only about 20 of us in the Cat 4/Masters group and we were starting with the 15-18 year old juniors so I had a feeling it was going to be a fast start (that, and the mile and a half down a 7% grade!). It was supposed to be a neutral start on the downhill but I don't think the pace car got that memo--so fast! It was a downhill chase and then it was all I could do to stay with that peloton on the flats and rollers--this is so not my strong suit. Need a little Conklin Avenue interval training--Maria?;) I managed to hang on for 8 miles but then I was off the back with 32 miles to go--oh, well...beautiful mountains and creeks to keep me entertained. It was a 41 mile course that wound around Hunter Mountain and Windham, through terrific Catskill towns. It was worth the suffer factor just to be out there on such a glorious day. Very grateful to see the 1K to go sign but that also meant I had to climb back up that hill we started on--not so fast going up the hill as coming down! Happy to finish. Happy to go to lunch at an awesome Mexican restaurant in Tannersville. So happy to take a shower when I got home!
Thanks to Anthem Sports and the Drakes for putting on another terrific race.