After yesterday’s TT I was kind of done; physically fried and mentally having a hard time wrapping my head around today’s road race. I love road racing but this one was going to be different.
I race in the C1 classification, the most disabled class out of the five that race on a standard upright bicycle. Today’s race was a combined C1- C3, straight up, no factoring. That makes it kind harder for me. They do this because there can only be so many medals awarded at the games which I understand, but that doesn’t do much for my chances in the combined field.
My strategy in these races is to hang on as long as I can and then more or less time trial the rest of the race and try to pick off stragglers. It is what it is, and it is what I did today. Considering what I put out in the TT yesterday, I felt pretty good and did the first few laps at the same heart rate as the TT but I knew I couldn’t do that for two and a half hours, so I backed off about five beats and settled in.
Like yesterday I broke the course into small bits and just focused on them individually to avoid holding anything back while thinking ahead. Focus on the now. So focus I did, right until I was about to go through the start finish with what I think was one lap to go and an official told me to pull out at the pits just ahead. I didn’t. Then another did as he stepped out in front of me. I asked him to let me finish but he wasn’t having any of it. The field was coming up on me for their sprint and having me there wasn’t going to end well. Race over.
So, my Games didn’t go quite the way I wanted them to but at least one teammate got another medal today. That helps more than just a bit to take the sting out of being pulled. Our team out performed our own very high standards and that is something I’m more proud to be a part of than I can describe.