Saturday, April 9, 2011
I got Guttered in a training ride..
So today was a very interesting day. The race was a bit further drive than the previous races, just over an hour. I had planned to ride with the Rabobank team and a few other girls, so I met up with them first thing when we arrived at the race site. Plan was to race the race course (two different loops ) for 80km about and then a bit more. Again, the winds here are worse than anything in Winnipeg, it sucks! I think i would take a mountian over this. No matter how hard you try, you look down on the speed sensor and it reads embarassingly low. One of the Rabobank girls went to the front after a few km and i guess decided it was too slow. She started to hammer so fast and got out of her saddle and started to sprint really fast, and didnt slow down! We chased her down and i suffered on her wheel...for 80km. My heart rate monitor read super high so i decided i want going to look at the numbers and i flipped it over to help my suffering. There were major cross winds the entire time and it was terribly hard. I think it's what i needed though, some strong intensity training to get me better prepared for racing on thursday. We were dropping people all over the place. When I got finished from the ride, i checked out my heart rate data....for three hours, max heart rate 200 and average was 187! ahahahah. It was harder than the race the other day! Im happy i got this hard training in it wil help, and riding with new riders and making friends from other teams might help in the long run somewhere! Anywyas, about the race for the other Team Canada Girls...Joanie, Leah, Leah and Julia. The race didnt go over so well for our team today. Leah k did great, she was 26th today. Joanie had an unfortunate crash with a USA girl and a girl from Holland who tried to bike sideways across the pack, in the middle. Joanie broke her collare bone and has to go home to get surgery, the USA girl is missing half her teeth and you can barely make out her face. We sat and had coffee in a little shop after with her and Leah G, and they time cut a large group of riders who were dropped so the other girls were out. So for tomorrow we have 1 starter and a bunch of cheerleaders. At least ill have others to ride with now for one more day. We had some clothing stolen and everyone hates the Holland racing, its totally insane and so many crashes. Everyone is SO happy to back to Belgium tomorrow after the race, either than were back in The Netherlands wednesday. Another crazy thing, theres a Pro Team here called Diadora Pasta Zara...One girl went on a solo break yesterday and stayed away for almost 50km and got cuaght 4km from the finish. She won the blue jersey, most agressive rider. The coach/director was so angry (eventhough she did amazing and not even dropped after) and the director said "If your so happy about your jersey, take it home and show your family" and sent her on the next flight home! Thats sooo crazy!! There's a lot of driving here and I better get used to it because there is a lot more to do! That much closer to racing each day!! Hopefully everyones bad luck is gone now. and im getting pretty sick of peanut butter and jam sandwhiches HA!