My gentle readers may recall that we left off in Rochester, NY...For Labor Day, Dman and I flew solo to St. Louis for the Gateway Cup (where the Hubs met us from SLC). Thank god for the village because there was no way I ever could have pulled it off without my awesome hubs, teammates, hosts and new friends.
No, for real.
-flying solo with Dman
-dealing with connection in Chicago with Dman
-arriving in St. Louis with no ride
-having to rent car in St. Louis with Dman
-the small matter of having a race on Friday night with no one to watch Dman (Hubs wasn't flying in till super late night)
I dumped some serious stress on Jen Reither (one of our Vanderkitten cousins who agreed to guestride for Gateway). On the phone, she told me not to worry about anything--and to just get myself there and we would figure it out. Super awesome St. Louis-ian Carrie Cash did the same...she also procured a crib and stroller for me!
|Jen jumps right into Dman distraction mode--Don't judge his jammy travel attire--we had to get up at 5 am!|
|There's hosting, and then there's HOSTING; Paul puts Dman to bed and he shows her how to cover her mouth when she coughs; Yeah Auntie Paula!|
There were some major logistics involved but between super teammates, hosts, friends and of course the amazing Hubs...we made it to all the races and Dman was able to take naps and have a fun time. I'm so overwhelmed by the generosity and helpfulness.
Oh, and we finally won a race! Despite the stress and not getting to much chill time--I felt great in the races. Probably because the race was the most "relaxing" part of my day. And it made me really happy to have the Hubs and Dman there too. Mind over matter! The first night, we were attacking lots and I stayed away for several laps toward the end. Kaytie and I had gotten caught up in a crash earlier on so I was obsessed with not getting stuck in the last lap fray. As a result--I didn't ride super smart toward the end (just staying out in the wind) and finished 10th...But no issues so we'll take it!
|To my future teammates: You do some of this...|
|And some of this...|
|And you just might get some of this! Booble induced Victory!|
On Saturday, we implemented a similar plan. We attacked a lot and I got a way with two other riders. We built up a big gap but a prime toward the end of the race motivated the pack and we were caught with 2 laps to go. Jen immediately countered and was able to hold off the pack for the win! I was super psyched to have my work pay off in a win for the team. It was a great way to thank Jen (typically a worker bee) for all the help she was giving me both on and off the bike. I ended up 6th too so it was a great day for us.
We were a little tired on Sunday and it was hard to make anything stick. I was 12th but we were pretty bummed about how things went. This motivated us to race aggressive on Monday. We missed a break with Coryn Rivera and decided to try to be patient as she was almost caught...Coryn ended up beating a late bridging Anna Sanders (super ballsy and pretty major effort!) and I was 2nd in the field sprint for 4th.
|Thanks to new awesome Auntie Deann for the photos|
The Hubs did great finishing top 30 the first 2 days (in a 90 man field!) and was 10th on Monday! He rode AWESOME races...sitting top 10 the whole race every day. He is really getting strong and figuring out the racing thing.
|Kaytie, Jen and Moi|
|Cutting edge Booble Swinging recovery|
After Monday's race--we did the bike pack-bike deliver scramble. Again, the teammates and our host Brad were amaze-balls in taking care of everything. I.e. I didn't have to pack my bike. Best day of my life. We all went out for sushi and Dman was even able to keep his shit together despite the late hour.
It was an awesome and exhausting trip and I feel so lucky to have such incredible people in our family and racing life. Bikeracing Boobles!