Every year HPRW run a fantastic womens race series - and the TT round is my favourite. They do an awesome job of attracting women, many of whom are first timers - they had 42 women this weekend! Definitely doing something right.
Personally I was there to race for fitness and fun - and am mostly to get back and being part of it, and being me. That said old habits die hard, and once on the start line I felt my usual routine kick in. Concentrate on how to start. Deep breaths to kill nerves.
Starting in the first 10 riders - there was no-one to hold us for the start so it was a push off clip in hammer type affair. Boo! Much prefer being held when I have TT bars. Last time I raced this course I did the full 33km - so today was a walk in the park with the 20km out and back in front of me! I love this course, plenty of hills and some rough road. It was a beautiful morning with a great turn out across the grades. A grade had some strong girls - Katrin, Jess, Jemma, Marianne and a good handful of international level triathletes out to try their hand. Plenty of tough competition. Now we are talking!
|A smile? Clearly not going hard enough.|
|Hills hurt when you are already on threshold.|
As an added bonus, I made it onto the A Grade podium 3rd behind Katrin and Jess. Mostly I loved seeing all my bike riding buddies, talking trash, racing hard and leaving having had a great time!