Cyclocross Nats

 

Last weekend I was in Sherbrooke for Canadian Cyclocross nationals and one of the Maglia Rosa series race.

Saturday: Nationals

The sun was shinning, the course was dry and I ran 5km in the morning to warm up my body.

Tim, the dogs and I got in the car around 9 am to get to the venue early enough to cheer on some friends and ride the course with the new under 23 national champ Ruby West.

13:20

10 years ago was the last time I was on that start line.

I was relaxed, smiling and feeling no pressure from either myself or anyone else around me. It was almost peaceful: I’ve been there before, I knew how to race, I didn’t want to win, my family and friends were there and I wanted to be there.

The start was painful. I felt I was going backwards compare to everyone else. By the first turn I was already off the back trying to just keep my position! Crazy how 10 years can take that much speed out of you when you don’t practice often.

I stayed calm and soon enough I manage to climb back to 4th. 4th what?!!! It must be a mistake. No I was really in 4th. Did the yoyo with Sandra Walker eventually taking 4th and Cindy Montambault taking 5th for the majority of the race and finished 6th. I had fun and even felt, for a sec, like 10 years ago but came out of that thought quickly:)

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Sunday: Maglia Rosa 

The sun is NOT out, the course is NOT dry and I ran 5km in the morning to warm up my body or cool it down from yesterday’s race. The ‘after race regiment’ obviously changed: instead of a nice easy ride after the race I went directly to the car, changed and joined my friends at the beer tent.

12:20

Sitting on the front row, I suddenly got excited! Maybe I could get a good start….

Missed my pedal.

The mud is flying and so is everyone but not in a fast kind of way more in a slippery kind of way! The off camber sections are giving us a challenging time and soon enough I’m in 6th again fitting to stay upright. I hear my husband Tim yelling and asking if I’m having fun, Abi and her family encouraging me every lap and my mom and dad like always everywhere on the course.

I really enjoyed racing with the junior kids and even sprinted for the line! They won:)
Again I felt at home, calm and in peace with my race, my life and my career choices.

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PS: If you look closely you can see my dad in red looking at me and my mom with the black and pink winter hat;)

Thanks for reading

Up next : Stone Cat trail Marathon November 4th.

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