Saturday, May 17, 2014

Yeah Shucks

I can't lie and say I'm happy with how today's stage went because I'm certainly disappointed. I don't really have a good explanation for what happened either. It could be any number of things, but the bottom line is that I simply didn't have it in the last 3km of the stage. It's horribly unsatisfying for me and definitely not how I hoped this race would go for me, but things don't always go to plan. It was a hard start today and then the pace never really relented. Combine that with the oppressive heat we've been experiencing, and it was another challenging day in the saddle. I felt quite tired from the beginning and was admittedly worried. I struggled and forced myself to eat but wanted to drink everything in sight. My legs slowly felt better throughout the day and I knew everyone else was suffering too, so I tried to be positive. When we hit the bottom of the last climb the team helped put me in the front of the field and I did all I could to stay there. I had moments of good legs, then moments of bad legs. I was a little concerned. At 5km to go though I actually started to feel good, so I gained some confidence. Then in a moment I came completely unglued and lost contact at 3km to go. I don't know what happened, but it wasn't good. I suffered to the finish and felt completely defeated. It was a hard day in the office, but I'm going to do my best to move on from this. I hope I can recover a little bit tomorrow and then go all in on Sunday's circuit. I know it will be tough and I would like to be up to the challenge. Appreciate you reading!


Anonymous said...

Keep your chin up. It's never over until it's over!

Anonymous said...

Hang in there, some days it just isn't there, but there are other days where it will be. Your days are coming, and we're gonna be there rooting for you. Go Norse!