It's hard to write about disappointments. But cycling is full of disappointments. Supposedly, the lows make the highs that much more enjoyable.
Last weekend we traveled to Greenville, SC for the UCI Paracyling Open. In 2014 the Road World Championships will be held in this exact place - so it was a chance for us to see the course ahead of time. It was also a selection event for the European World Cups.
This was my first experience packing my own bikes. The nights before I left were a little nutty since I have zero mechanical skills! They all got broken down and arrived without damage.
Ummm....do I have all the pieces?
We arrived in Greenville after a loooooonnng flight that included spending some time on the runway. Greenville is a great town! The people in the airport were incredible and everyone was very kind. We collected 5 bikes, luggage and other paraphernalia and headed to our hotel.
On Friday, we pre-rode the course. It was a LOT hillier than I expected. Thursday was the time trial. I woke up feeing well, but the race didn't go so well. Same with the road race on Sunday. I really have no reason to be disappointed in how I rode. I am where I am at this point. It's disappointing to lose.
BUT....it's time to move forward. There are things to accomplish. By FAR this is the hardest thing I have attempted to do. Someone recently told me that I am arrogant - in all areas except bike racing. Maybe that is true. But I'm "good" at other things. I'm not all that great at bike racing.....yet!
I am proud of my friends on the team who did well. Fuck Face got second in the time trial. I tried to steal his flowers, but he gave the to his mom instead.
The better part of the weekend was that people I LOVE came to see me race. As we all know, I'm not the biggest fan of people seeing me race. But it was OK. My mom and dad have been my biggest supporters in this crazy endeavor and I am glad that they finally got to see me race.
Thank you Mom and Dad for coming to support me. No matter how much I whine, I really appreciated it!
Since "Chad" aka Ocho is still in training at Guide Dogs for the Blind, he sent his wishes via text. Thanks ChoCho!
The people who cheered me on at the time trial
Carrie Newcomb drove all the way from Asheville to see me (and really check up on Moochie!).
Once a dog raiser, always a dog rasier. Carrie did an excellent job running career change, Shelby, around the grassy knolls.
Carrie, my mom, my dad and Warren Johnson (the photographers lucky husband!)
So the weekend didn't go how I would have liked it to. It was another drop in the bucket on my way to be a bike racer. I learned that I'm not quite there yet. I have a lot of things to learn. Someday, I will wear these lucky sucks and make them lucky by winning!
The MVP of the weekend is Baby Cody. We drug him along to get him classified. Unfortunately the classifiers deemed that he is disabled, but not disabled enough to race para. Sooooooo....he spent the weekend helping me make sure my bike didn't fall apart. He kept me calm. He was the only person I wanted to see after the debacle of the road race. Sometimes it's shocking to me that we have only known each other for a few weeks, Thank you Baby Cody for keeping me sane!