Wow, what a few weeks…. Windham was a push and just trying to hang onto some fitness was a task these last 2 weeks considering my last training block was well over 7 weeks ago.
My coach and I figure it never hurts to race in a slightly under-trained state and especially when the travel fatigue is heavy… you’re better off to keep the immunity strong while getting ready for some hard training with World Champs on the horizon. 🙂 The last 5 weeks have been hectic to say the least and nonetheless I have really enjoyed them. 4 podiums out of 5 races in 5 weeks… I’m really happy with how everything has went.
The first race was the Canada Cup in Sudbury. It was a C2 and every point counts heading towards World Champs & next year, it was a must on my calendar and I was able to take the win.
The Commonwealth games was a really good experience for the Olympics in Rio. Absolutely nothing can prepare you for an Olympics other then pure experience and this was a great opportunity to perform on a grand stage in an uncontrolled environment. I was fortunate enough to take home a Silver Medal for Canada. The race was extremely fast and competitive at the front, I had to find an extra gear in the fight for silver against my team mate Bec Henderson.
Immediately after Commonwealth Games (see race results/report) in Scotland, we jumped on a jet plane Wednesday (Raced Tuesday) and headed to Quebec City for the World Cup in MSA. I was still feeling in good from my training block in Boulder, Colorado during June but at the same time…. I was starting to loose the snappy feeling in my legs and the ability stand up and get out of the saddle when I wanted to but regardless, I still wanted to put it together on home soil… I battled hard and was a solid 3rd place for most of the race until 2 riders nipped me for 3rd and 4th in the last lap of the race. MSA wasn’t really a course where you would follow wheels…. if you had the legs, you would go straight to the front so I kept the pressure on and secured a 5th place podium spot when 6th and 7th were charging hard potentially snagging precious podium spots.
Windham was a hard race as usual. The course is a unique layout that suites a sustained climber and also a rider that can make up some time on the descents, many free seconds to be had as Adam would say and there was. Early in the morning (of race day) after a quick course inspection, I realized the course was completely blown out and made a last minute decision to switch my front tire from a 2.0 dry tire to a 2.2 Intermediate (Bontrager XR2 to be exact) I gave up a little on the ascent with the added weight and made up for it & then some on the descent. I finished 8th and made the most of what I had on the day…. I ended up finishing exactly 2 mins behind the winner which was the exact same time deficit as Mont-Sainte-Anne…. It’s been a consistent few weeks and I’m ready to get back to business and prepare for World Champs in Norway… only 4 weeks to go and I’m not looking for much more.
Thank you everyone for making this journey so well worth it.