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Friday, January 21, 2011

Last Sundays race!

Last Sunday I rode with my team in an Early Bird Criterium.  I was incredibly excited; this would be the first race that I actually would work with a team! Before the race, we came together and discussed the race tactics that we would perform. Soon we came up with the decision that everybody would attack at different times in the race, and I would lead out the last lap.Everything went as planned, but when there was only 5 laps to go a crash just HAD to occur. Two of our teammates were in it, Maryanne and Vanessa.  Maryanne was supposed to be behind me in the lead out so when I slowed down she could pass me and keep the pace going. Unfortunately, with Maryanne crashing, the entire lead out was up to me.
 
The race was neutralized for 2 laps, and when we were allowed to race again there was one lap to go. The race was on! Everybody began to pick up the pace, even though I was to lead out the whole last lap, I waited until the second to last corner to take off. When I did, the remaining two teammates were behind me ready for the sprint. When I dropped they took off.  One of the sprinters won! The other was in 4th or 5th place, and I had a big smile on my face! I am looking forward to the next race with my team!
 
The next exciting thing is that my stepdad, Mark Wolford, raced for the first time in 6 years! He was very proud of himself because he not only was able to stay with the cat. 4’s, he also was in the top 10!!! GREAT JOB MARK!!!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

On the road again.....

For the last two weeks I’ve been on the trainer due to a small injury to my hamstring. The problem was caused by riding too hard before my warm up.  To heal this, I had to ride on the trainer with no resistance. I would ride 90 min. every day. My warm up was 45min. with 50-60 rpm’s, and then I would ride for 45 more min. at 70-80 rpm’s. The second week on the trainer, my hamstring was feeling better so I began to add resistance and I shortened my warm up to 30 min. I am glad that most of the time I was on the trainer it was raining!
My first ride on the road was a couple days ago! Mark and I planned to leave at 6:30 a.m. but did not get out until 7:30. BOY! That day I WANTED to be on the trainer! It was FREEZING! Going down Cohasset road we had to stop every 5 min. to warm our hands up! There were also a couple of places where I had to Hike-a-bike over the ice, and did not get warm until we rode back up Cohasset!
Yesterday I rode in Rodney’s up-hill Time Trial. The ride was very short and simple, only 3.4 m. and 700 ft. of climbing. My time was 20 min. and 49 sec. That was my best time until I rode the same up-hill Time Trial today. I cut over a minute off of yesterday’s time! My time today was 19 min. and 20 sec.!
I woke up this morning to 4-6 inches of snow! When we came home from the up-hill Time Trial my brother already made a snowman! Hope everyone has wonderful New Year!