Cranky Monkey 2
Mike and I decided to do the Cranky Monkey race on Sunday since we were in town. It was the dirt crit. We went out the day before to preride so Mike could try some funky gearing on his single speed and I could see whether I was recovered from the Wilderness 101.
My sit bones were still very tender, and my legs were sore from a weights workout on Wednesday. But I just spun around the course a few times and felt okay.
So Sunday comes and we got there at about 9 so I could register and get in a nice warmup before my 10 am start. I rode a section of the early part of the race course that involved a little stream crossing and armour. I knew from previous races that I had trouble with this and often others did too. So I practiced it to make sure I could get over it.
Then off to the start. I entered the first hill in the middle of the pack of 8, but by the top of the hill I was in second place. Then down the single track and the tricky stream crossing. The woman in front of me went down. I almost ran her over, but hopped off my bike, ran up and remounted, getting in front of her. I held my place in front of her until near the end of the third lap. Actually, I had slowed down some, kind of hoping she would go past me so I could follow her a bit, but she just stayed on my tire. I could tell she was planning to stay there until the end and would then sprint in, so I decided to save a little so I could match her. But then at the end of the third lap, I was coming down the hill on the 495 trail, came into the turn with the man hole cover a little too hot, and my bike slid out from under me, and I somersaulted a few times before coming to a stop. A few people flew by, including the woman who had been on my wheel and another woman. I got back up, jumped back on my bike and flew around the time check. For some reason I thought this was my last lap. I went all out, and managed to pass the woman in second place, and pulled off my fastest lap time. However, then I discovered I had two more laps. I was spent, so I just went as fast as I could in lap 5. I almost fell again and the woman in third passed me again. At this point I just hoped I would not fall too far back from her and rest up a bit so I could sprint the last lap.
I entered my last lap feeling very slightly refreshed and pushed as hard as I could. Fairly early on I passed the woman in 2nd who seemed to have a mechanical. I was now in second place and I did not want to fall back again. The woman now in third looked like she was just finishing her repair, so I pushed on and gave it all I had. I ended holding on to my second place to the end.