Somerville was nice, as usual. It's a great, quick course with a lot of spectators out along the roads. That always makes for a fun time. The World Champion was there and she definitely made herself noticed during the race. She jumped, she chased, she hung back, she jumped again. And, all that time, she was doing what she could for her teammate...totally awesome. In fact, the whole Colavita team was amazing, as usual. They're phenomenal team work is truly inspiring to anyone who identifies (as I do) as a "worker-bee" for teammates. To watch them put themselves under the gun, to burn themselves out, to put the pain on an entire field so that their sprinter can do HER job is awesome. Then, it's just the pressure to seal the deal - which Theresa does with style!
For us, it was a day of mental recovery and survival. That was apparent from the start, when our number one goal was to come away from the race with the same amount of skin that we had going in. We needed a little reminder that racing is fun and safe and, oh yeah, fun.
It was nice to line up with a host of local gals for the race and it was nice to see those local gals hold their own against the Colavita Armada. Andrea Luebbe took a beautiful flyer at one point to score a $100 prime! Jen Rasmussen-Gros launched a blistering attack on the final lap. Two local ladies, Erin Silliman and Christine Fennessey were in the top 10 and Lenore Pipes stood on the third podium step. For us, Kacy was 13th, Becky was 18th, Sarah was 24th, Robin 25th, and Arley was 46th (on a beautiful yellow Mavic neutral bike, no less!!).
Most important, we made it through the day with smiling faces and all of our bodies and souls in one piece.
This week, we plan our assault on the Wall. And I plan out my assault on Lemon Hill for the best beer feed ever! ;)