Cycling race (ITT Provincials) 45:38  30.2 km (1:31 / km) +108m 1:29 / km
ahr:178 max:187 slept:9.0
I was humming and hawing about whether I was going to do this race.
I decided yes I would and then I would stay in Edmonton and drink beer after. So that's what I did.
I was the last one to take the line in open women.
I had a good start, got up to speed quickly, hitting a great pace, HR was low, felt great.
I caught my minute man in about 5k then I looked for Sherri who started two minutes up. I figured if I could catch Sherri or eat into her lead I may be able to beat Mel.
I tried gap counting when I saw her heading my way at the U-turn it seemed like she may have had an extra 40sec on me but it was hard to tell. I hit the U-turn slow but got myself back up to speed quickly. Then I realized how windy it was.....had I realized that's how windy it was I would have drilled it more on the way out to give myself a buffer....I just thought I was finally feeling normal.
At 15min I was just under 22min and on pace for my 44min target. one more U-turn and a pick up in wind slowed me down. Those little kickers started to feel like mountains.
I dug deep. It was hot and I was pouring sweat which leaked under my helmet into my eyes. You don't really need to see going straight.
I hit the last turn and knew I had less than 2k, I gave myself a gear and drilled it.
I blew through the finish and took a while to slow down and catch my breath. When I saw my minute man come through the finish I went over to the finish line for results. I knew Mel & Sherri would take first and second but had no clue who would take 3rd.
Turns out I did!
By a good buffer.
I had a PB on the course by about 15 seconds, which is awesome after how the summer went. I would have loved to win but with Mel rolling out of a win at Duathlon Worlds last weekend, odds were not super high. If any two women in the province were going to beat me, I'm happy it was those two. We had a blast in the parking lot chatting and drinking beers while we waited (a long time) for podium.
And just like that.
Road season is done.