We arrived in the wee hours of the morning, somewhere around 2am. When I woke up and walked into the living room, I was a bit surprised to see estuaries of the Atlantic right outside my window! We went to a school that morning with the Colavita men, Hub Racing, and Team Revolution and talked to kids about bike racing and bike safety- the kids were cute. The race itself went well. The course was pretty rectangle shaped, with one turn going from about three lanes wide to a dinky alleyway. It took awhile for me to get up to close to where I should have been. I think I was a little out of it and didn't stay up quite where I should have been. I ended up 17th. I guess the race was pretty fast becasue only 29 finished. Shrug.
Day 2: Walterboro, South Carolina
This race was fun and fast! The last corner was pretty sketch with bricks. I did a much better job staying up front where I was supposed to and following moves and such. Pretty satisfied with this one. Ended up 20th.
Day 3: Spartenburg, South Carolina
This race was rectangular with a rise on two sides. One corner was pretty sketchy. There were a couple good wrecks but I stayed out of trouble being more up front for most of the race. I tried to attack, but didn't really manage to do much more than pull the pack up to the break. Oh well. Ended up 20th again. How annoying!
Day 4: Dilworth, North Carolina
This race wasn't a part of the series for the women, but it was for the men. Our race was a lot smaller, maybe around 40 gals. It was half up hill and half downhill with a turn at the top and bottom of the climb. Rebecca Larson and a Vanderkitten gal got away unfortunately at a bad time. Eventually the Vanderkitten girl got dropped. I kept trying to get away but no one would have any of it. Frustrating race for many reasons. Ended up 9th. Dumb.
Day 5: Sandy Springs, Georgia
Final day! This race was the hardest and felt the fastest for me. There was a steep-ish climb every lap and the rest of the course had lots of fast turns. The best/safest place to move up was up the climb, which meant an all out sprint up it every lap. I felt pretty bad but survived. Ended up 24th...slowly going down haha.
I was pretty happy with the week all-in-all. If it was last year, I probably would have been tail-gunning it the whole race or gotten dropped. I definitely need to learn how to sprint though :-P
After a 20 hour journey from Sandy Springs to Dallas to Austin, I had three finals in the following day and a half. I managed to plow through them and I *think* I pulled off all A's. Funny how good grades almost seem easier when you are crazy busy. Peter and I left yesterday after a final for the 10 hour drive to Fayetteville, Arkansas. I've never been here before but it's very green and very humid! Time trial is this afternoon. Updates later!