I started the Stanford Road Race knowing that it would be a beautiful ride (I had been told that it was one of the prettiest among the Collegiate races), but also that it would be a long ride. At 37.5 miles, it was longer than the other two races that I had been in.
As we started riding, everyone in the pack was chatting and enjoying a relatively mellow pace. I let myself get distracted and on an early climb, I was surprised when the pack suddenly picked-up the speed. I was dropped, but worked hard to get back in the group.
I was able to stay with the pack for a good amount of time, but was eventually dropped again along with a couple of other girls. As I saw the the pack get farther away, I repeatedly told myself to continue working hard. Even though I knew I wasn’t going to win, I wanted to at least get a few points for the USC team. The results are not out yet, but I’m hoping I did.
Outside of the race itself, the weekend was great. The fact that the entire team stayed together in a (really nice) beach house, allowed for a lot of bonding, a lot of technique discussions, and a lot of tip sharing. This is what makes being part of a team so rewarding.