|A bit of snow at the top of Zion Monday|
So anyway, that sucked, I considered going home since I obviously couldn't keep up with my training partner(s), but my husband said to stay so I did. Oh yeah, we also enjoyed a nice dinner over at new teammate Collen's house. Thanks!
ETA: How could I forget! Sarah and I were driving over to Colleen's for dinner when I hear Sarah say "uh where's your bike Leslie??" You see they ride on the back of Sarah's car and mine was now not there! I was kind of dazed and she was like "well, go look!". Right, better go check, even though I assumed it was miles down the road somewhere. Thankfully it was just hanging by it's wheels off the end of the rack. Could have been much worse! The seat is ripped up a bit, and I broke Sarah's rack (sorry!), but another disaster averted somewhat unharmed.
Tuesday was a new day. We took our time getting ready then headed out on a 2 loop 90 mile ride on the Veyo/IMSG loop. I was excited to get on it since this was the first time since Ironman. We got rolling and oh crap, SADDLE SORE!! It caught me by surprise since yesterday was just fine and I was fine walking, but oh baby sitting on that saddle hurt bad. Luckily it got bearable by about mile 20. Again, got dropped by the group 25 or so miles in, was mad at myself, but figured I'd just enjoy the ride alone. Was unsure of a second loop, but really didn't want to waste my time down here courtesy of my husband, children, and our great host Sylvia. The climbs were tough, as I said I just don't think my climbing muscles are as strong as I'd thought, but the downhills were fun and I really tried to work them. Got near our cars and just kept going into the 2nd loop figuring if I stopped I'd never get started. I knew the others who were refueling at the cars would catch up, it was only a matter of time. Did well on the second loop, a little better than the first mentally, just saying that I was riding this as my ride, it didn't matter if I kept up with them or not. They're a lot more trained that I am right now. It was reassuring to keep Sarah more in my view this time though. Near one of the steepest hills a girl training for IMSG this year Missy was struggling a bit, so I waited for her and we rode together. It was nice to at least feel some endurance from having done the race on that second loop. We were halfway between Veyo and Snow Canyon along the highway cruising with a headwind along a flat at about 16mph or so when out of no where my wheels and crank locked up. I started sliding and was able to control the bike and stop, but Missy who was drafting behind couldn't. She ran into me fell over with her bike. Luckily she was ok, just some scrapes and bruises, and her bike was ok. After being sure she was fine I checked my bike.
|This was the carnage|
So anyway, Missy and I carried my bike, rolled hers, down the highway about a mile to get better reception, then just stood there waiting for our ride (who we confused and couldn't find us the first time). We ended up waiting an hour in the setting sun, it was chilly, and again, we weren't near civilization. Get this. In the HOUR we stood there waiting 1, ONE car stopped to ask if two girls carrying their bikes standing on the side of the highway clearly not for kicks and giggles needed any help. I was floored. We had so much traffic passing us and were in plenty good view, and ONE car stopped. Wow.
I had a great time down there despite all my bad mechanical luck. I had some hard mental moments for sure when I thought I was in decent to pretty good shape, but then couldn't keep up with anyone on the bike. Had to reach in and just say "these workouts are for me, it doesn't matter where I fare against others", but if you know me you know that's not the easiest thing in the world. I haven't been training like Sarah and Shaun and even Missy, they've been going strong since October, when I took a 2 month break. I still had a good time on the bike (my 1 loop time was actually the same as it was this time last year), just wanted to feel stronger, but I did have really great runs down there that I'm happy with. The weather was decent for us those last few days, and I got to spend some really fun time training with, eating with, rolling endlessly on foam roller with, watching movies with, and just talking with Sarah. She's such a great friend and I'm so glad my husband was able to hold down the fort as well as he did so I could get away!