Monday, August 27, 2007

team unattached strikes again!

yesterday was university road race. because team unattached is way into team work, michiko rode solo. the only hills that i go up now-a-days are the bankings on the track, thus i serve more good yelling and handing out water.

michiko was really into not carrying around any extra weight. that is why she rides a steel bike. that is also why she only filled her water bottle 1/4 full and i had to feed her bottles 1/4 full. (but she only took one bottle the whole race-- which means she drank 1/2 bottle that whole time. she is so tough!)

michiko, always thinking: steel bike....weight of water bottle...

anyway, the race was quite exciting for me. on lap three there was a big pick-up in pace in the women's 4 pack. michiko was not in the lead group-- there were 3 of them plugging away with well over a minute lead on her. on lap 5 or 6 i noticed she was making up quite a bit of space, so i started getting her splits, and each lap more time would be coming off. it went from a minute to 48 seconds, to 35 seconds, to 28 seconds, to 18 seconds. i was getting excited cause at this point there were three laps left and this meant she'd be right up with the lead group on the last lap. guess how surprised i was when she made up 18 seconds on the next lap and i saw her coming around in the lead group! i never thought this was possible -- she looked calm and collected and was just kickin' ass and takin' names. i was screaming like a mad woman and was getting lots of weird looks from everyone around me jumping around and hollering down that hill. on two to go, one woman from the lead group (a CRC-Hill rider) had broken away up the hill with a sizable gap. Then it was Michiko, a webcor rider, and another unattached rider battling it out for 2nd-4th. I know Michiko can descend like its her job, and on the bell lap it was just her and Webcor rider with a small gap on the other unattached woman. Final sprint to the finish and Michiko was cooking it and I thought she had her, but not quite. An impressive third place--- battling it back from well over a one minute gap and then still having juice to sprint to the finish! What grit!!

this is michiko and strawberry shortcake going up a hill at an earlier date, not yesterday.

After the race Michiko took team unattached moto: "cool down, schmool down." Instead we had a little picnic on the parking lot concrete. (Peaches and fig newtons.) She is very intelligent and contemplative and waited a long time to get her "prize", for she knew that if they ran out of small t-shirts, Velo Promo would give her $10 instead. Yes, yes. She got her $10, we got lunch, then watched surfers, and then drove home planning our strategy for taking over the world.....errrr, women's 4 peleton. An impressive and exciting race to say the least!

8 comments:

chatterbox said...

congrats to Michiko! We were looking for her in San Ardo, but maybe she sat it out to save energy for Sunday.

Flandria said...

Congrats team unattached! Michiko rules again!

dang! I missed you both! I left right after hunny's race...

lunch picnic sounds good...

we went back to Ano Nuevo to watch the Elephant Seals again - just can't stay away

Velo Bella said...

I saw Michiko bombing down the hill when I left and then I stopped in the middle of the road to try to get her split. BUt then the Velo Promo traffic directing guys all started freaking out and I had to keep going.

GoMichiKO

Olaf Vanderhoot said...

dayum ... that's an impressive ride.

Michiko-san loves her some up-and downhill, look like.

CyclistRick said...

Congrats to team unattached. Hope Michiko makes sure VeloPromo gets it right this time in the final results; notice they gave someone else her 6th place slot from Dunnigan.

Grey said...

are those some of fred's wheels? she may be riding a steel bike, but those are some light wheels.

p.s. peloton. not peleton.

twinkiepatissier said...

oh my... oh my... you also do my race report? sweeeet!!

chatterbox - i don't do races that are more than 2hr driving distance. that's too far to get my ass kicked and limp home.

angela - bummer, we missed you. but i was having gi tract problems, and i don't think we are farting-permitted close yet.

da velo bella - thanks for the cheer, and sorry that i didn't get to greet you all proper. i luv the smooth downhill stretch, but i didn't care for the headwind.

sir olaf - beth is so good at making it sound all hot and impressive. my side of story is a bit different, but i like her version better, of course.

cyclistrick - i bitched nicely about dunnigan at university, and a velo promo guy (forgot his name) was nice and promised me that it will be fixed. and the lead charge red (that you pointed out) is missing from the result, too...

grey - no, i am not sponsored by fred. i'm sure you can tell where i bought the pair from...i appreciate their neutral wheel support at local races.

Flandria said...

michiko...uhmm no comment on the farting-permitted note...ha ha!