|Lots of nights spent rolling into town late after big rides|
|does anyone know how to get rid of swelling? Benadryl doesn't work for me|
|The closest that I'll ever get to looking like Popeye, it's still swelling two days later|
Apart from that my day was pretty great, and I got to stay on course in a farm house with a bunch great friends and a great dinner. What could go wrong tomorrow, right?
|Check out my arm here, all of that fluid stuck in my swollen forearm makes me like Popeye!|
Thanks Mary Lynch for the photo and the support over the weekend
|Staying seated through some pretty rocky business, thanks Marta Kocemba for taking the photos! |
It's been great to have you at the last few races.
By about my fourth lap (out of five), I had some flow mojo going in the trails and was getting down the big hill quickly enough to drop some guys. I came to the feed zone at the start of the fifth lap with high hopes of "picking off the zombies", and catching the guys who were really slowing down in their last lap until something happened that made me panic a bit.
|Thanks Mary Lynch for getting a photo that shows my late race determination (or desperation).|
|All sweaty but still somehow smiling on my fourth lap.|
Thanks Hannah Clarke for taking these pictures all season long!
As I came through a steep uphill near the start/finish there were spectators everywhere and I saw Simon (the rock in our team always helping us and keeping us together at the race), I yelled for some water, which turned out to be a pretty bad idea.
|The drink that had a lot of repercussions after the race (thanks Marta again)|
|Funny finish line face, confused about what just happened and how I just finished the race I think|
(Marta Kocemba photo)
|Just happy to cool off my arm a bit. (Marta Kocemba photo)|
"Did you take some water outside of the feed zone?"
He explained to me that I was disqualified for doing so, and that as an elite racer "I didn't know" or "I wasn't thinking" is not a good enough excuse. I told him that I just wanted to finish the race, and that I was cramping, but at my level of cycling there are rules and we have to stick to them. I tried to find the penalties for breaking these rules when I got home but I couldn't..
Great. DQ'd. It's not allowed for me to receive help outside of the designated feed/tech zone. I went to the commissaires about 15 minutes later to appeal to them, and they informed me that they were wrong. Because it is a provincial championship, it falls under the regulations of any pro championship race, and I would actually be fined $200. For taking a drink less than one minute after I passed through the feed zone. After a bit more talking, they decided to drop my fine to just a warning - for that I really thanked them. But now there is a black mark on my international cycling record that says I like to accept help in the wrong spots I guess. Could be worse, right?
Apparently all of the cramping wasn't a big surprise at all either, with all of my body fluid stuck in my arm there's less to move around to my muscles. I thought that it was pretty weird to cramp like that over nothing, and I'm happy to know that there may be a reason that was outside of my control that caused it. Stupid drunk wasps.
I've still got a couple of chances to keep it together for a great result! The Ontario Marathon Championships and Canadian Marathon Championships are this weekend and the next in Kingston and Horseshoe Valley, respectively. Then it's University Cup races and the Redbull Race the Place race coming up. Still training hard, eating right, stretching, and strengthening with as much motivation as ever!