so, needless to say racing is a bit more dull without bells ringing dictating fast laps. and things happen much more slowly in a road race than a track race- more time to think and contemplate. "oh look, a jump. oooo look at that cow! is she still up there? is anyone else going to chase? should i chase? oh look another cow!"
we basically rode around in a big circle. sometimes it was fast, sometimes it was slow. then there were only about a dozen of us for the sprint. i jumped way too early.... note to self: sprinting uphill after 40 miles is a bit different than sprinting after a 666m windup... so jumping well before 200m is not a good idea. i kinda hit the wall big time the last 30 or so meters, but i'd rather hit the wall than finish with a lot more sprint left...which is what happened to me at cherry pie criterium. so all is good. i am going to give the MVP award to lisa (from vapor) who was a total powerhouse and pulled for approximately 36 of the 38 miles. runner up goes to monica (from infovista); also, major props to the two los gatos girls who were totally drilling it on the straight away in the final lap. impressive for sure! congrats to annie (from webcor) who won our race-- she had an awesome finish for sure!
in summary, it was a pretty day to ride bikes and it was a bunch of fun riding with a group of women at a pretty good clip for a couple hours. everyone was very nice.