Monday, March 2, 2009

Sitting in the Wind

I just finished a full weekend of racing with my team at Lago Vista. I raced to tenth place on Saturday and seventeenth on Sunday. Yet Sunday was by far my better race. Where Saturday was tactical and calculated, Sunday was genuine, substantial and passionate. I made Sunday's race into the kind of race that I wanted to be in. It's very typical for races in my novice category to remain slow for forty miles, with riders purposely slowing down the climbs, and then erupt into a sprint in the last hundred yards. Sunday morning I decided it was more important to race with courage and risk not placing well than to abide a mediocre race. As I side benefit of laying it on the line, I discovered that when you spend all day out in front, you get into a lot more pictures.