Before the start of the race, we were informed that the race would be 30km instead of 40km. Guess why...........flooding.
Our start was at 7:22. The rotation was Stephen, me, Jake, and Jeff. We rolled out of the starting tent into a crosswind. We got the paceline going quite well, taking 30-60 second pulls and pulling off to the left. We held 23 until the turn-around. Jeff, who was very sick, took his last pull 10km into the race, leaving the three of us juniors. From then to the turn-around, we shortened our pulls. We made the 180 and passed the Trisport team. Now with a tailwind, we were hauling at 27-30. I started feeling weaker and weaker. Before the race, I had thought that Jake would be the weak link (because he was riding Eddy Merckx style), but now I was riding right on the rivet. As my pulls began to decrease in length, Stephen really took command. I think I clocked him taking a 1:30 long pull. Unbelievable. I was suffering very very much. Just pulling through felt like death. But the distance ticked down well enough, and soon we had 5k to go. I started trying to increase the length of my pulls. Stephen seemed to lead out the last kilometer. I came around with 500m to go and gave it all I had. I blew up with 200m to go and resorted to following the draft into the finish. Jake and Stephen drag raced it to the end, as I clung like a leech. Finally, it was over.
The time was 43:32, and the speed was 25.7. We got 7th in the open category out of 15. We did very well, and I thank the Lord for the resolve he gave me to keep on plugging away. I want to thank Mom for driving me to Jeff's house at 4:20 in the morning. I also want to thank the Team for really helping me out. The ride to the race and back, the tent, the support, and the long pulls that Jake, Stephen, and Jeff took gave me more strength. THANK YOU DNA CYCLES RACING!!!