Sunday, August 26, 2007

San Ardo - out with a fizzle - yay for the teammies!


Well, we made the whole weekend of going to San Ardo to race with the Tri Flow development team girls. My head wasn't really in the race, but I was looking forward to working with them and helping however I could. Thursday night rolled around, and my throat was scratchy. Then, on Friday night it was more sore. And, I felt like I was run over by a truck (OK, a little Hyperbole). Anyway, I think all the work stress of late had put a chink in my armor.

When I woke up on Saturday, I knew I didn't have a 48 mile race in me. I just didn't. So, I opted to be number-pinner, feed zone volunteer, team cheerleader and all-around gopher.

It was a fun day. We finally met some of our blogger buddies - Dr. Kim, Doc Nitro, Marscat & Ippoc. We also chatted briefly with Alicat and agreed to give her feed on lap 2 as well. We chatted with Flandria and cheered on her hunny when he was in a break in the men's 4 race.
Photo: Lindsay Owns the W4 Final Sprint!

We dutifully did the feeding - took care of the teammies and Alicat and one of the husbands who was racing. Then, we headed up to the finish line to watch the action. First we got to see Marscat come in 5th of the W30+/M55+ combined race. What a stud! Then, the W4 women came in. Lindsay was looking strong and was 3rd wheel coming out of the corner. We were yelling hard for her, and were thrilled to see her take the win! Mason finished a strong 5th. The rest of the girls trickled in. We heard two of them and two others had been involved in a crash. I hope everyone is OK. Just road rash on our two girls. I didn't see Melissa from EMC finish, so she must have been in it. We saw a Dolce Vita with bandages on but looking OK, so she must have been the other.


I crashed on my mom's couch for 2 hours after getting there from the race. Then, I slept 10 hours last night. I'm starting to feel better now. Rest was definitely in order. My goal this week is to try to let stuff roll off my back more and stay relaxed.

12 comments:

marscat said...

hey, nice to meet you in person...and hope you're feeling better.

chatterbox said...

marscat - yes, feeling better already. I think it was my classic stress/exhaustion 3-day cold. It was nice to meet you guys, too!

bbElf (a.k.a. panda) said...

That is a very good goal. If it's more stress than fun it's not worth it...

Thanks for the reporting and photos!

Kimberly (aka. DrKim) said...

ms. chatterbox: Was great to meet you and rick in person! Hopefully next time I'll be more social and less 'pre race focused' or 'post race bummed about a flat' :-). Good luck with the stress. I have a lot of work stress this week, too!!
Oh, and cool photos!
drkim

alicat said...

Thank you!
Rick told me how you guys had done double duty on the feed with you a few yards ahead incase I missed him.
I loved knowing that you guys were there for me. Sorry you couldn't race, but it sounds like you made the right choice. Hopefully we'll see you at the Giro and I promise to make it fun even though you're not racing.

CyclistRick said...

Rest will be delivered in big buckets this week, at least as much as I can. No control over your work folks; sorry. Even if I sneak out at 3:37AM tomorrow to peek at the lunar eclipse I will do so quietly.

Rest up a week or two, then we can discuss the fall 'ride for fun' schedule.

chatterbox said...

panda - we missed seeing you there!

kim - no worries, racing is stressful. So is life. I hope your week isn't too crazy.

alicat - glad we could help. It's no good if you get parched and can't finish!

rick - can't wait for the fun riding to begin!

Ippoc Amic said...

yes, nice meeting you and I like the pics...

twinkiepatissier said...

fall ride for fun = cx?

chatterbox said...

ippoc - great meeting you, too. Glad you like the pics.

twinkie - I'm not a cx-er yet. But I did try MTB recently after a long hiatus. Who knows?

Chris said...

Hope you feel better after the rest.

chatterbox said...

thanks, Chris!