The best way to describe this weekend can be summed up in one word. Hot. Ok maybe three words; hot and humid.
The first race of the weekend was the pro women’s cross-country race 1pm Saturday afternoon with temperatures closing in on triple digits. I liked the course, great to be in my home state with East coast roots and rocks. The pro women were assigned 5 laps of the pro track, which started with a rocky ascent; it was hard from the start. The forecast showed a chance of rain during our race and I was hoping this would be the case. I can ride muddy conditions and the rain would have broken the stifling heat but unfortunately it never did rain it just remained hot and humid. It didn’t seem to matter how much water, drink mix, or gels I was taking in, I just couldn’t seem to cool myself down and soon I saw goose bumps on my legs and I knew I was in trouble. I was pulled after three laps. Though my race was very disappointing I will say that my bike rode great and my Rapid Rob tires didn’t puncture (which seemed to plague many of the riders on this course). There were amazing crowds and cheering for the technical rock garden, which made the climb to the top of the mountain worth it.
Sunday afternoon was the short track. After such a disappointing cross-country race it was difficult to find myself mentally for the short track race. I should have warmed up for this race a bit harder but I was afraid of over heating, which was my struggle the previous weekend at the Subaru Cup. I got a descent start and had a good first two laps but then faded a bit for a few laps (I think because of my warm-up) but once I got my rhythm I found my legs to feel the best they have in a month. For the last half of the short track race I began to attack and move up through riders. I finished with my best effort on the day of the race in 10th place, in comparison to how I felt the day prior I was happy with my finish.
A huge thank you to Redline for setting me up on a great mountain bike!