What an amazing weekend of racing!  I don’t think I have ever worked so hard over two days…well maybe I lie, maybe some of those power sessions my coach Helen has given me equal it.  But I do know that those power sessions have certainly helped me this last two days.

It all started with Time Trial on Friday.  The Trike category was the last group of the morning session.  The weather was pretty good, a bit of cloud cover and the wind had dropped considerably from the day before, it was however still present. Because the second half of the course was extremely technical I wanted to really push hard through the straighter parts on the first half. I was really happy with the way I took the corners on the second half and at least I got through it safely. I knew I had a great race as my stats on my Garmin were showing some amazing numbers, some which I could hardly believe. But I had to wait to see if I had done enough. In the end I certainly had beating home the reigning World Champion by 1:07 minutes. I had held my fastest ever average speed at 34.99 km/hr (hoping the coach will let me say 35!) and an average 240 watts! So I had the first win under my belt.

Today I felt was going to be trickier as I know that Marie-Eve, the Canadian and reigning World Champ is an amazing technical rider especially when it comes to corners. We both took off from the other women right from the start and once we were about 1.5 km ahead we chatted about what we wanted to do. #1 was stay ahead of the other women, #2 was to catch the men T1 riders, then I suggested that we try to catch the men T2 riders. She looked at me like I was nuts. They had started 2 minutes ahead of us, but I knew I was fit enough to pull it off. She had told me that she wasn’t that fit due to surgery she had just undergone, but I didn’t know whether to believe her or not. So wanted to put it to the test!

We did catch the men and in fact they were so busy playing a cat and mouse game with each other that we rode right past them. I am sure it took them all by surprised as in the next five minutes they then picked up their game. We definitely stayed fairly close to them though throughout the entire 3 laps.

Marie-Eve kept telling me we were going to fast and that made me push harder! At one point she took the lead and slowed us right down to a crawl, at least that’s how I felt, so I said, “No, too slow!” And jumped back in front. But she kept up, so I knew she was not telling me the whole truth about being unfit. Towards the end of the course there is an 11% downhill into a 90 degree right hand turn and I let her take this first each time. This last time unfortunately Jarrad Langmead our Australian T2 male rider was face down on the corner and they had us slow right down to get around him and the emergency staff. This kind of threw me and as I slowed to get around the corner Marie-Eve took off and I had to sprint to catch her. But the last two corners I overtook her and after a clash of our back wheels I still had the better line and decided to just hammer it home. Stupid me forgot how far the finish line actually was .and with about 100 meters to go I heard her coming up behind me, the with about 20 to go saw her front wheel just to my right, it was the head down and try to hang on. That finish line couldn’t come any sooner! I got her by about the width of a tyre! We were given the same time but I was given the win. We also for the first time ever posted a faster time than the winning men by 1:03 minutes!

Once we were off our trikes we had a hug and knew that we had had a great battle. But it gives me the confidence going into next week and I have learnt that she isn’t as unfit as she says she is. I have also learnt that sprinting early is not an easy thing to do, so it is time to sit down with the coaches and plan my strategy for next week!

Road Race finish, couldn't be any closer!

Road Race finish, couldn’t be any closer!

A footnote about Jarrad: although it looked really bad when I saw him, he was taken to hospital and luckily he has no broken bones. He has however lost a lot of skin and will be battered and bruised for a while. He was released from hospital tonight and is back at the hotel with us. Not sure if he will be racing next week but he will be travelling to Baie-Comeau with us on Monday.

I look forward to next weekend to see if I can emulate what I have done this weekend…never say never! I will give it my best!

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20 Comments

  1. Marjorie Jenkins 25/08/2013 at 2:39 am - Reply

    Well Carol, CONGRATULATIONS on your win. I think your angel was riding your shoulder again.
    Love Aunt Marjorie

    • CarolC 25/08/2013 at 9:58 am - Reply

      I have to agree aunt Marjorie, she was certainly there!

  2. Tina 25/08/2013 at 2:41 am - Reply

    You wouldn’t have said, “No, too slow!”. You would have yelled it vehemently! Now you know why I haven’t gone on a ride with you yet. I don’t want you yelling at me 😉 Congratulations on the double haul! In Canada. Wearing the green and gold. Dream come true I’d say! x

    • CarolC 25/08/2013 at 9:58 am - Reply

      Yes ok maybe I would have yelled it, but I would never yell at you!

  3. Rosie 25/08/2013 at 3:40 am - Reply

    LOVE IT.
    YOU ROCK SWEETHEART!
    Smile like you have a million dollars…. or a gold medal or two!!
    See you when you get home.
    Muchous love xxxx

    • CarolC 25/08/2013 at 9:59 am - Reply

      Thanks Rosie! One more weekend to go!

  4. Alicia 25/08/2013 at 4:02 am - Reply

    Wow, what a battle. It was interesting to read that competitors talk to each other while battling it out. I wonder if the men do too. It is also wonderful that at the end of a hard fought race you can congratulate each other on the great competition.

    I wish you had been wearing a wheel women jersey with the ‘Ride like a girl” words on your sleeve when you overtook the men.

    Thanks for including the update on Jarrad, I am glad he is gong to be okay. It must have been very upsetting to have to ride past him.

    Well done Carol. All the best for next week.

    • CarolC 25/08/2013 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Thanks Alicia,
      Not sure if the guys do, actually racing in the past with the guys I had a few conversations, haha some not so good! But sometimes it comes down to tactics with other people and making the best use of that person.

  5. Rosie 25/08/2013 at 5:51 am - Reply

    LOVE IT!
    You Rock sweetheart.
    Trust you are wearing a winning smile… oh and a few new pieces of bling!!
    Keep having fun, doing your best and loving life. See you when you get home.
    R xxx

  6. Tina McCarthy 25/08/2013 at 8:13 am - Reply

    Carol, you are such an inspiration to all of us. When I hit the wall today at about 80km, with not far to go before home, I just kept thinking of you telling me to get the demons out of my head and stop the negative talk….and i hit that wall right at the spot you told me that!! Serendipity.
    I then had to use the same psychology to get my 15 yer old to keep going rather than catching the train. He made it!!!

    • CarolC 25/08/2013 at 10:03 am - Reply

      Thanks Tina and bravo on fighting through, congrats to your son for making it the distance!

  7. hans-peter durst 25/08/2013 at 8:47 am - Reply

    Great weekend for you, I missed the races rrally but the head sayed no, hope I can comped next week.,
    Would be great that the boys can’t follow you, chapeaux

    Congrats and many lovely greatings till soon on the ferry

    • CarolC 25/08/2013 at 10:04 am - Reply

      It certainly was Hans-Peter, but you were missed out there! We probably wouldn’t have caught the guys had you been riding but next week is the big one so make sure you are well enough to be out there with us!

  8. lyn stacker 25/08/2013 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Awesome job Carol. You are awesome!

    • CarolC 25/08/2013 at 1:53 pm - Reply

      Thanks Lyn.

  9. lyn stacker 25/08/2013 at 5:14 pm - Reply

    Awesome job Carol! You are amazing!

  10. Phyllis B anks 25/08/2013 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Well Carol, you never cease to amaze us.
    Someone was sitting on your shoulder and giving you the inspiration to keep going.
    What a great weekend.!!!!!
    Keep it up.
    Love, Mom and Dad

    • CarolC 25/08/2013 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      Thanks mom and dad, see you soon!

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