I felt a little bit more apprehensive waking up for the sunday race than the road race saturday. Chalk that one up to being nervous about crashing and not having done a crit since…August. Anyway, after replicating the seal noises from the video a few times, we got our breakfast from Starbucks and rolled on down to Chapel Hill. After our exploration the previous night, we found that this area was much nicer than College Park (not that high of a bar) and were very happy to be having a race in the area. So, we parked, chatted with the few teams who were there at the time and rolled through a lap of the course. It’s a fast .6 mile loop with two chicanes and a turn about 200 m from the finish.
I went back to the car to warm up and with the steam rising off my body, began to get a feel of how my legs would be that day. There are those days that you just know you can get out there and kill everyone and I could tell that I wasn’t quite there but I was close. There is a certain feel that you get in your legs when I know that I will be in a higher or lower placing. I can’t feel when I will win because that’s mostly about energy conservation and positioning coming into the sprint.
After going to the S/F, running back to the car to get my sunglasses, realizing that it was locked, sprinting back to the S/F and stealing Ben’s sunglasses, I lined up behind the Chapel Hill riders. I was only two or so rows back, so I had enough mobility when the start whistle went off but I would have liked to be farther ahead. Taking a spot in the sat in, I got active with pulls and a couple breakaways but nothing stuck. I can’t remember the full details because it was too short of a race to have any distinguishing moments so I’ll just put the video link under this.
After our race, the weather turned straight up gorgeous. Watching the rest of the races in 65-70 degree weather is the highlight of my winter. A winter might I add that has been uncharacteristically snowy in Maryland. After Eric’s A race, we went to five guys across the street and basked in the sun as we ate some more fantastic burgers.
The drive back was very entertaining for the last half. In Virginia, Morgan started to play with Eric’s navigation app which has some extra features on it. For example, you can tag on the road where there are cops or other obstructions. We saw a deer on the side of the road with only two legs showing so Morgan labeled it as a kangaroo on the side of the road. We then made good sport of taking pictures of cops and labeling them on the road. Getting into traffic near Fredericksburg, Ben and I began looking around on craigslist for a vehicle suitable for our team’s level of badassery. Here is a dialog I had with one of the sellers of a $2000 bus over email.
Me: Hello, I would like to make an offer of $60 on your 1997 bus
Me: Now that we have a price nailed down, would you like dolla dolla bills or quarters?
Seller: What are u talkin about
Me: Great, I look forward to making our transaction tomorrow. Where would you like to meet?
Seller: What deal????
Seller: give me your number than
Me: I thought we settled on 60
Seller: What are I.talkin about.
Me: I don’t speak japanese but do we have a deal?
And then they stopped responding. Guess they were hoping to get a little bit more money for the bus.
So for this weekend we will be headed to Stevens Institute of Technology for their Duck Country weekend. In addition, I have upgraded to Collegiate B category and will be competing at that level to earn points for my Category 3 upgrade. I’m super excited to get up to higher levels so I’m on the journey to Category 1.