Turkey Hill Country Classic 2014
My first race since Iron Hill 2012 [7th/9 ] and it was a motivating experience. Things that motivated me: Turkey Hill ice cream at finish, women’s Category 3/4 field, road race category of 30 miles.
My results: I got dropped and finished last, 15th/18 but I beat the rain.
My strategy: wasn’t much of anything but just to finish and get a feel of racing again. We had 5 laps and the fourth lap included a detour up a Gambler Hill. It was a short, steep climb with big downhill and about 4/5 miles until the finish. I fell off the group with two laps to go and the last lap I was all by myself. At that point I was going to continue to get some good training in. Lancaster is beautiful for riding and the whole course was closed roads.
What to improve on: base fitness, simply work harder
Since this criterium was not technical and my teammates at dinner persuaded me to race it for team points, I suited up.
My results: 9th/12 I got dropped but caught back on.
My strategy: again wasn’t anything but to finish and get a feel for crit racing again. We had 50 minutes of pedaling around an oval course with a few obstacles of cross wind and a minor upgrade hill on corner one and the finish was a slight uphill. So my mind was busy during the first half, thinking of things I could do for better positioning, conserving energy, being ready for attacks, should I attack. At the halfway point, I missed out on an attack and dropped off for several laps. I was 400m and then suddenly I noticed I was only 200m from the group. I really didn’t think I would catch anyone on this course, especially a 1/2/3 race. But I got in a TT position and caught up to the group with 3.5 laps to go. I was so proud to catch them. Then I just hung on the back to the finish line. I had thoughts again to attack or had scenarios of our 4 QCW riders working the last lap to finish strong together. But I never talked to teammates about strategies beforehand so I knew these thoughts in my head wouldn’t be carried out too well.
Things to improve: have confidence to do the strategies in my head. Talk to teammates beforehand for team tactics. I’m going to say it again; I wasn’t breathless at the end so I simply need to work harder.