In retrospect, I'm sooooooo glad I didn't race this weekend. My achilles feels so fantastic - and I'm ready to race. Two days off - then we're on for Wednesday.
I learned a lot through observation. What to bring, what not to bring to the races. How to mentally prepare - what to listen to, what to eat, what not to eat; what to drink, who to surround yourself with before the race, etc, etc. Invaluable information.
It was great being around all of those gears, spandex and pumping legs. Despite being a spectator - I thoroughly enjoyed it. Being there - and showing the support to my teammates helped so much. I know there will be a time when I rely on them - and can because they know I will be and have been there for them. Right on.
We pre-rode the Snohomish course this afternoon. I will not be riding it - due to a previous LA engagment. But it is sweet. Definitely a climber's course and I'm a little bummed I won't be there for it. We did get attacked by a dog - I almost peeled off into a 15 foot drop into sticker bushes and Jill went down, hard. She conked her head pretty good and had a little blood on her hand, not to mention a strawberry knee. We took a wrong turn for the course and ended up at a mini mart with Snohomish's finest hicks. They were super nice and when Jill mentioned seeing stars and tracers - we immediately turned back and got her a ride back to her car. Roz and I finished the course - and my, oh my, what a fun ride. I figure if I didn't feel the heal, I'm golden. The baby shit is over. When we got back to the elementry school, Jill was on the phone and said, "uh, ladies, look." Low and behold, her hips looked like a big booty hoe's. Oh crap. She called the nurse line, decided it wasn't an emergency - put some ice on it and then we drove the course and headed back to Seattle. Lame!!! I hope she's ok!
Looking forward to beginning the training again - and having learned a lot from the past 4 weeks, I'm ready.