I was satisfied to be back in a race again and obtain a top 15 at the national championship. It shows me that even with minimal training, zero racing, and several months off the bike I am already well on the road to returning to my old form. It was great to see my teammates take out the win and 4 of the top 5 places.
In the race I started out 2nd to last, sandwiched between the eventual 1st and 2nd place finishers. The first two laps on the twisty undulating course went pretty well but I struggled on the final lap. The race was a good 20 min longer than the longest effort I’ve done in the last 6 months, so I really have to be realistic and be happy with what I’ve accomplished and where I’ve come from. Although I can say I was well rested, I definitely lacked that 5th gear I really need to really go for it. That really only comes from the intensity and volume of racing. At least now I know I’m not that far away and it will all come back for next year.
Be sure to watch Garmin-Chipotle’s bid for a second national championship in the road race tomorrow: championship tomorrow
Its time for a little off season for me now, and tomorrow I jet to Austin TX for a friends wedding.
Thanks for all the support from so many of you in my comeback!