I can't sleep because visions of today's race keep rolling through my head. It's late, and I had a full day, and I have to be up super early for Sunday's race, and it's going to be just as cold and rainy (if not more so) than today's, but I can NOT sleep.
Car ride there: team decides to attack and keep on countering, practicing lessons learned from last weekend.
Christine blithely thinks: attacks start after first lap, just like last week (this race = 4 laps).
Arrive early, leisurely get ready, end up with little warmup time.
Rain starts falling steadily after a brief respite. Ground and road are already soaked. Car thermometer reads 37degF.
Race begins. Someone decides it's a good idea to attack on the first half of the first lap. Teammates attack and counter and get reeled back in. Heather counters, Cheryl follows. Christine knows this attack is a strong one. Should stick.
Pack slows. Teammates sit in. No one else works. Few people attempt to bridge or chase. Motivation wanes. Heather and Cheryl put 5 minutes into the field over the next 2 laps. Field is soaked. Snot covers face. Rain clouds glasses. Rain decides to freeze off-and-on. Fingers and toes lose feeling. Arms lose feeling.
Christine gets a flat on the third lap. Expletives follow. Waves wheel car down. A quick swap is accomplished, followed by a nice shove, and Christine chases back on to group. Decides it's a good idea to sit in and rest now.
Last lap: two remaining teammates Shannon and Laura decide to begin attacking again. They counter each other. Pack chases. Christine attacks, Daisy follows. This is a strong break. Christine and Daisy work well together, putting time into the field. 200m sign is reached. Christine and Daisy are side by side. Acceleration ensues. Daisy stands. Christine stands. Sprinting. Christine beats Daisy for 3rd!
Heather also took 2nd, and we're waiting on results for Laura and Shannon.
In other news, at the MVA fundraiser auction I won myself and 5 friends a weekend at a cabin (the Buchanans') in the Methow Valley at some point in the next year. Should be rockin'. My teammate Mary-Lynne won a signed jersey from Christian Vande Velde, whose dad was the featured speaker. Jennie Reed was also in attendance. Yay for local World Champion.
Ok now it's way past bedtime! (: