Monday, July 13, 2009

What's with the number 10?

Kitzbuhel World Championship Series race yesterday was my third race of the series….and my third 10th place finish.

It was a challenging day for me. I am still feeling some effects of the last few races, notably the Des Moines races. I came out of that weekend feeling more exhaustion that normal and to be honest, have yet to bounce back. I had a couple promising “sharpening” sessions this week so Coach Phil and I thought I would be good to put out a race effort yesterday, but it turned out that my body wasn’t quite ready. I am proud of myself for sticking it out (I can’t lie that pulling the plug crossed my mind more than once….) and for salvaging what I could of the race.

And, to stick with the trend, my World Ranking is now…..drumroll, please…. 10th.

Initially, I wanted to hop on a plane home to sleep for days, hang out with Adam, and recover for the final training block, but, I have decided to stay here. We’ve got two weeks until the next race in Hamburg, plenty of time to recuperate and get some of my strength back. I actually got a little confidence from yesterday’s performance so am already getting fired up for another crack at that top-10 in Hamburg…..hopefully finishing within the top-10 ;)

I’m not really starting the recovery plan well, as it’s 5am and I am already wide awake. Sleeping after races is always hard, but when the race doesn’t FINISH until 6PM, it makes it even harder. I am just waiting for the grocery shop down the street to open. A cappuccino and a strudel will be the perfect brekkie, I think.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Best of luck as you get ready for the next race, Lauren. You're coming off some awesome results at those races in the U.S., so with a little rest, you should be back in the saddle in no time!