Last weekend I joined the Luna team for Sea Otter. The weather was awesome and this year they gave us a new course rather than the 0ld 2 x 19mile loop. The old loop definitely had some nice scenery and trail, but the new course offered more interesting racing and a sub 2.5hr race. If it had rained it would have been hellish (read: soggy grass), but it the dry, although not fast, it was challenging.
The week was pretty chill with lots of seaside rides and the racing was lung and leg busting as I blew the cob webs out.
ST: A crappy start in the short track meant chasing the lead for several laps, but I thankfully bridged up eventually and then felt completely justifeied in sitting in for a couple laps. This was made easier by willow sliding out in front of Lene and I on a mucky climb. Georgia got off the front and I yelled for her to go for it. We both later shared our mutual feeling of "aw crap this is too early in the race to go off the front!". But Georgia pulled it offf convincingly and I sat in until 2 to go when I attacked willow and Lene. I dug deep and went fast, but only for a lap and the Lene Reeled me in and countered to grab 2nd behind Georgia, leaving 3rd for me.
Luna had some fun with the fact we're making our women's cycling clothes and had some fun outfits for the short track.
xc: My lungs and legs were burning for the race, but a massage by Waldek and a delicous cashew pesto tilapia at the fishwife and I was ready to roll next day. With only 4 laps it was going to be a short race and came down to the same crew as yesterday withHeather joining the mix. With a fair amount of the Laguna Seca raceway track within the course the race was pretty on off with some cat and mouse on the track and hard pace on all the off road. Again I had to learn the lesson that I can't get away from world Class riders just by setting a hard pace up the climb, you have to make a holy crap attack. Last lap and we were all still together. I tried to push the pace on the first climb and at least neutralize attacks, but Lene could handle it and put in a surge around me at the top. We all stuck with her till the next climb when she went again and I wasn't able to stick her wheel. Georgia had the legs though and got by me to chase her down. Willow and I were left to push eachother to the finish. Georgia ended up catching and passing lene for the win while Willow and I did a sprint for 3rd mano o mano which i surprised myself by winning for my second 3rd of the weekend.