Later in the ride I was riding
on the trail and looked down to see a desert tortoise! He
was probably a good six inches across and just plodding along
the trail. Of course we all had to stop and check him out
because it's not very often that you get the opportunity to see
the tortoise out in the desert. After the tortoise sighting
we started to head back to camp to eat and then relax for the
Sunday morning I woke up with
huge butterflies in my stomach. I ate a little breakfast
and then geared up and took my bike out for a spin and still
I couldn't get the nerves to subside. I rode a little bit
more and then headed to the starting line to pick my starting
position. As I sat at the starting line my nerves slowly
disappeared and I felt ready to ride. There was only one
other woman in my race, and both of us have been battling all
When the green flag waved signaling
us to go I took off into a cloud of dust. For awhile I
could see absolutely nothing but I wanted to be ahead of the
crowd so I barreled into bushes and dirt mounds but managed to
keep the bike and I together. When the dust finally settled
my competitor was in front of me. An instant smile
came to my face as this was just what I wanted to happen.
I stayed behind her for a couple miles until we came to an open
section and I gave the bike a little more throttle and passed
her. From there my nerves were completely gone and I felt
absolutely great! The rest of the three laps were pretty
uneventful; all though the course became rougher with each lap.
I never laid the bike down and everything just went so smoothly,
it was a great ride.
When I got the checkered flag
I was relieved. I knew I had gotten first and was ecstatic!!
After relaying the whole race to my family and friends, exhaustion
started to set in. It's amazing how adrenaline
can keep you going but once it gone you feel completely wiped
The entire race and weekend
went great! I managed to get a victory and it felt great plus
I was able to go out and have a good time just riding with friends.
Having such a good round 5 definitely makes me excited for round
6 and hopefully another first place finish!!