Volunteer Park: Win
My first crit this year with the local Pro, 1, 2 squad. It was quick from the gun. After that, there were multiple attacks from my teammates, Beth Lyndon-Griffith, Jen Triplett, Brook Nunn, Liz Nettles, and Liz Marzolf, as well as other local stars such as Rhae Shaw, Tricia Bailey, Suz Weldon, and Jadine Riley.
After multiple, grueling attacks and counter attacks made by my team and other teams, Jadine and I managed to make an attempt to get off the front stick after a prime. Having already lost the prime to Jadine, I thought well, might as well make this effort count and took off with Jadine glued to my wheel with 12 minutes to go. We immediately gapped the field. I tried to pop her several times and get her to work with me, but she wasn't having it. She is a very tough person to get off your wheel. So I wasn't sure to do in this situation. Do I pull my competitor around for 10 laps and hope she doesn't outsprint me? Not that smart. I mean Jadine rides with the #3 number while I'm just #60. Then I start wondering if I'm a boob and she's just cruisin' easy behind me, waiting for me to die? No time to doubt myself now and since I already committed, I just put my head down and hammer. This does some damage and at five laps to go, I'm gapping her. This makes me work harder and so I just hammer it, thinking about winning and the bigger picture. This motivates me. I ended up winning by about 40 seconds. And was able for the first time to take both hands off the bars. I look a little nervous, but I'll take it!
Another victory for Hagens Berman, especially since our team ended up with 1st, 2nd, and 4th overall. Nice.