We drove down to St. George Friday afternoon and got the bikes out on some dirt. This was my first real ride on singletrack on my new Pivot Les and it didn't take long before I felt totally comfortable. Good thing too as the True Grit course is one of the most technical courses I race all year. The bike felt fast, but I didn't yet know just how fast it was.
Me and my new buddy
About an hour before my race it was time to get going. Fortunately the caffeine hadn't worn off yet! I got a short, but effective warm-up in and rolled to the start line. The Pro Women were to start with all the other female racers behind about 300 men. Our start was a bit confusing because I thought it was women only, yet there were a few men mixed in. So off the start I hopped on a guys wheel and waited for someone to attack. No one did. No one even rolled up next to me. So at about 3 minutes in, I pedaled down a hill and realized that no one was on my wheel so I just pedaled away. Attacking at 3 minutes into a 50 mile race wasn't exactly my plan, and some may say that it is not very smart, but I wouldn't really call it an attack. It just kind of happened. I led for the next 4 hours and 45 minutes. Although I didn't see another girl the entire race, partly because I never looked back, it never got lonely; there were plenty of guys to pass, cheer for, and ride with. In the end, I came away with my second win of the season. HOLY COW!!!
True Grit 50 Pro Women podium
There are lots of things that I am psyched about right now. I'm psyched that all of my hard work is paying off with some solid race results. I'm psyched that I won my first race on my super rad new bike. I'm psyched that I chose to race the 50 and feel pretty good just two days after the race. I'm psyched with all the sponsors that are supporting the MTBracnews.com race team. I'm psyched that two years and two months after my cancer diagnosis I will finally have all of my medical bills paid off. I'm super psyched that I can wear a ponytail (I'm pretty obsessed with my ponytail if you haven't noticed:). Most of all I am psyched that I am healthy and able to do the things that I love. I do not take a single day of this for granted. Life can turn upside down in a split second. Take the time to enjoy it and make it great!