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December 16, 2018 to Easter mondat April 17, 2019



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Finally, the chance has come for me to weigh in on a collegiate race weekend. This is great news, because not only do I get to share my experience from my last collegiate road weekend EVER!, but I’m also really over writing my dissertation at the moment.

To set the stage a bit: this weekend was the conference championships, hosted by UCSB, with double points on the line. I was fresh off a grueling/soul crushing weekend at Sea Otter, where I had completed a disgustingly hilly/long/hot road race but barely survived. Think asthma attack gasping for breath at the finish- and I don’t have asthma. I’d love to tell you how many miles and how many feet of climbing there were, but the real soul crushing part is that when I went to upload the ride from my Garmin I got this message.

Garmin fail!

Garmin fail!

If anyone knows how to “manually remove” a file from a 310xt I’d love to hear about it. I’m confident that my heart rate monitor may have captured the actual moment when my heart blew up and I’d really like to see that.

Anyways, this is all to say, that after getting absolutely smashed in the races last weekend, I did what any sane person would- requested my upgrade to the As. Yep, after racing for the last 8 or so years, and acquiring a single upgrade point each race this season, I had finally amassed my 20 upgrade points (only took a little while) and decided moving up into the As would be a great idea. Was this really a move to even out our numbers compared to Stanford? Well, yeah. Also, I heard the road race was flat.

14 of us lined up in the Women’s As for the four lap 56 mile road race- 4 Stanford, 5 UCSD, 3 Davis, UCLA, and Channel Islands. I’d never ridden the course, but anticipating the worst, I made sure Craig knew where to find my burrito in case I needed a feed mid-race. The first lap was pretty uneventful because it was so windy, but on the second lap Taylor from Stanford attacked on the long stretch before the hill. We left her out there for a while (suffering in the wind I assume) and then as the gap got a little larger Esther, Alex and I worked on the front of the group. We had just brought her back and then someone attacked up the hill and put me pretty far into the red. And when I say pretty far into the red, I mean heart exploding and throat closing at the same time, that kind of red. So, knowing that I’d be going out the back next lap up the hill I figured I should put my work in now. Similar to the first lap, I sat on the front for the long, windy, downhill/flat/roller section. This was great- anyone who’s seen me knows I don’t exactly have a cyclist’s build. I do, however, have just the right type of build for going downhill and not being blown around. The last downhill section you can get going pretty quick and it ends in a right turn. Taylor had worked her way to the front next to me and took the last bit of downhill extra hot into the right turn so I did too. And then I looked back, and there was a disturbingly large gap. The type of gap that just made me say ‘no no no no no no no no’. Sigh. I had found myself in an attack off the front. Taylor glanced back, and probably said to herself ‘Well shit’. Yep, she had ended up off the front with one of the few people in the race who probably would be zero help. And then she eased up and the field came up fast beside us. I anticipated just slipping back in and recovering but Stanford had countered, and what proved to be the winning break (Grace and Liz from Stanford, Amy from Channel Islands and our very own Kat Ellis) ended up off the front after a series hard efforts that ultimately led to my explosion. Actually, it wasn’t so bad being off the back, minus the fact that I had blown through the feed zone trying to help Alex and Katherine catch back on. Going into the last lap as I came through the feed zone I looked for Coach Pat so I could grab a bottle. I could see him, and to my delight he wasn’t holding a bottle for me, he was holding my burrito! No, wait, it’s a donut! With sprinkles!!! I’d love to say that I grabbed the donut, then caught the field and then won the race, but actually the donut fell on the ground. Luckily Joey saved me and gave me a full bottle for the last lap. At some point the men’s As passed me on the course, riding their last lap slowly enough that I had ample time to take my phone out, turn it on, and take a picture of their field. I ended the race +1 photo and -1 donut, and with the realization that I’m 0 for 2 on dessert hand-ups this year ( I accidently smashed a cream puff hand-up into my stem at Santa Cross earlier in the year).

I don’t normally post videos, and *try* to not post out of focus photos, but I couldn’t resist this sequence of events. This is @cdnpaddler racing for @ucsdcycling at the windy road race put on by @ucsbcycling failing at the donut hand up on the start of her last lap. The UCSD team is fueled by donuts, just ask @coffeedumps @ewalk417 and @katkatkatkatkatkatkatkat! #donut #handup #doughnut #fail #race #cycling #ucsb #college #ucsd #wind #windy #bike #instacycling #instagood #photoofday #california #road #desert #dessert #fit #fitness #motivate #doh

A video posted by @jortssports on

Men's A field holding a leisurely pace into the finish.

Men’s A field holding a leisurely pace into the finish.

Results

TTT

Men’s C
2  UCSD

Women’s A
2  UCSD

Women’s B
3  UCSD

Road Race

Men’s C
7  Willie Chao
16  Ben Kurtz
22  Daniel Yang
25  Matthew Hung
28  Joey Palomba

Women’s A
2  Kat Ellis
5  Esther Walker
10  Alex Reich
12  Katherine Nadler
13  Rachel Marcuson

Women’s B
3  Lily McCormick
4  Dana Song

Women’s C
9  Tiffany Lee

Criterium

Men’s C
2  Daniel Yang
13  Willie Chao
20  Matthew Hung
22  Vince Pham
23  Ben Kurtz
24  Joey Palomba
28  Alwin Szeto

Women’s A
7  Katherine Nadler
8  Alex Reich
11  Esther Walker
12  Kat Ellis
13  Rachel Marcuson

Women’s B
3  Lily McCormick
5  Dana Song

Women’s C
7  Tiffany Lee

Men's C TTT ready to roll.

Men’s C TTT ready to roll.

Matthew in the crit.

Matthew in the crit.

Lily on the podium both days!

Lily on the podium both days!

Women's A team

Women’s A team.

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