|The smile before the pain...|
Two weeks ago if you had asked me if I was going to race the Ken Woods Road Race I would have laughed - with over a foot of snow on the ground and more on the way, a road race just seemed like an insane thing to do. But when we warm up, we warm up - and Saturday was predicted to hit 72 degrees. Add to that the fact that my team was mobilizing to get a large group of women out to the race (many of them first-time road racers) and I was sold on a nice, 21 mile race.
They day was simply awesome - a warm, sunny day and eight Birchwood women ready for the challenge. Hey, we were half the field! Those of us with some (meager) racing experienced shared everything we knew about Ken Woods - the course, paying attention to the wind, where the road was dangerous with pot-holes, and where to attack.
Given my lack of fitness, my goals focused on hanging on for as long as I could, making a few attacks to liven things up, and simply having fun.