I placed 2nd in my age group in the Gran Fondo New York World Championship (100 miles/8,600’ climbing) on May 15th to prep for Ride The Rockies. Argentina came in first and third, Puerto Rico fourth. I should be pleased, but I pushed through the last grueling climb and gave it all I had into the finish stretch knowing every moment counted, but it wasn’t enough to repeat a first place finish in 2013.
I was filled with both relief to finish and tremendous disappointment at my place…until they called my name for the podium. Then perspective came to me: that I finished safely, that I was in good company, that today I need to celebrate the day, and work smarter and harder for the next challenge. Perspective: treat your body better before a challenging ride (may not have been smart to drive across country and been off my bike until race morning). Spin my legs before a major ride! Eat healthy to get up the hills. Sleep well and don’t overthink the challenge. Push harder because there is more than you think you have!
I’m on to Arizona with a group of nine climbers to train for Ride The Rockies. We’ll do 30,000’ of climbing in five days over 350 miles. I’ll try and have perspective this time, and remember that the important thing is not racing, but riding within myself and my ability…. and to have fun with people who are as passionate about cycling as I am.