Two days until the big event-- I haven't trained this specifically for anything in a while! Thanks to a good friend who has been helping me with a very specific training plan and encouragement-- I feel fit, rested and ready to rock! This month's prep consists of a number of criteriums, hard solo workouts, motorpacing, and rest--- I even quit having any of my fav adult bevvies!!
My last ride in Asheville was a little mtn bike ride-- I opted for bent creek... always a good little ride especially if I'm goi
ng out solo. Ride was EXCELLENT--- until I hit the deck hard. I clipped a pedal on a log, went over my bars and found myself trailside on my belly. I was stunned and couldn't feel my right quad.....I pushed myself up not knowing if I was severely injured-- I know I sound dramatic, but I was a wreck. Luckily, I landed directly on a rock and wasn't impaled or broken! I almost started crying-- like a little girl! ha! I found myself picking my bike off the ground, noticing 2 flats, a completely broken front brake and blood coming from my thigh and the back of my leg... conveniently a guy named Chad rolled up. He asked if I needed help, and obviously didn't know what he was getting himself into! He helped me change my flats and gave me a tube (I had one--not two!)... and usually I'm the one helping change flats, but I really had a hard time keeping composed! blahblah blah....
Leg is fine now, BUT still very stiff and about 1.5 times the size of my other thigh. At this point all I could think of was that my race was in only 5 days! TIME TO HEAL! I've been diligent with epson salt baths/icing/ibuprofen/stretching so hopefully my crash wont' effect my performance on Saturday!
This little voyage began on this past Wednesday-- my roommate Tom was nice enough to give me a ride to the Asheville Airport-- 15 mins from our house. Flight was good-- trashy mags, tomato juice, and nice conversation with the lady next to me made for easy flying. AVL-DFW-MSP. Pa picked me up in Minneapolis. We had a nice ride back to Hayward in the rain.
Being home has been awesome- I am fortunate to have most of my family here and spent much of my morning visiting and hanging out! We also had some excellent spaghetti at Coop's Pizza with Mark Hirsch and his fam! Great people!!! :
This weekend I'll be racing in my friend's shop kit-- New Moon! Thanks to Joel, Chris and Judy! :) Right on!