So, I crashed at the Duke race weekend at the end of March and it was not fun. I don’t know exactly what happened but a Navy rider and I went down. Both of us got road rash, me all down my left leg and knees and elbows. In addition to that, my shoulder was sprained badly enough that I could barely lift it for 4 days. After an MRI and a month of physical therapy, I was able to return to racing a the Turkey Hill Country Classic where I continued to have the cramping problems that have plagued me for the entire season. After that, I decided that I needed to find a good drink mix that I could rely on. So, after a bit of research on various commercial and homemade recipes, I finally settled on ordering a couple bags of Skratch.
Now let me tell you how awesome this stuff is, I have been using a half scoop in each bottle and have had almost no problems with cramping when I drink it.
So anyway, races since my recovery:
Navy Weekend/ Conference Championships were a lot of fun, the road race was beautiful but I had problems with cramping on the 5th lap and was unable to finish. Events of note: Two of the women’s A riders breaking away and all of the Navy and Duke women’s teams breaking the yellow line rule to follow them and getting relegated. Admittedly, we were going incredibly slowly and not really trying. The crit was on the Dawg Days circuit, my race was entirely uneventful, Eric was doing really well and was almost in the break when someone hit his derailleur and completely bent the hanger. Zach won the individual omnium for Men’s C, which was awesome.
Stealing VCU’s stuff
Turkey Hill Country Classic is a race that I have wanted to do since I heard that they have a bunch of free Turkey hill products for race participants. What I didn’t hear about was the massive crash in the 3/4 race last year. Regardless, I was dropped on the 3rd lap up one of the climbs and decided to continue on anyway because you don’t get beautiful closed course riding in Prince George’s County. Gamber was hard, yada yada but the last time around the course, I saw all of the ambulances and heard about the massive pile-up on the finishing sprint. Jacob, my friend who had driven me up there, was involved in the crash and had messed up his right elbow which was a problem but we managed to overcome.
The Gamber Roar.
Kelly Cup is a race that I really like because I can take advantage of my strengths in weight and technical skill. I signed up for the 4/5 and 3/4 this year which was great because I didn’t have to get down there until 10ish. So, I rode down and watched the Juniors and kind of just messed around, doing some sprints on a side road to warm up. The 4/5 race was the typical formula of not serious enough breaks until 4 to go when everything pretty much fell off and it was clear that a field sprint was inevitable. I rolled up next to John Wertz, who was still in the field with me, and asked if he had a sprint left. He responded in the affirmative so I prepared for a lead-out which involved going from right after the downhill turn all the way across the straightaway and to just before the final turn when I had to pull off. I wish I had made it all the way to the turn because when I rolled across the line, Aaron told me that John managed second after an NCVC guy got around. Oh well. So, I messed around a bit more until the 3/4 start, where a break including Anthony (thank god) got away and I hung on until the end. I told myself that I wanted to be in the field in case Anthony needed a lead-out when they caught us. In reality, I got the offer to break away and I was just far too lazy.
So, onto the summer season. I am excited.