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Sol Vista Race Recap

By August 4, 2008March 22nd, 20173 Comments

It was actually getting to be oppressively hot on Sunday morning. I melt like ice cream(vanilla! hee hee) in Phoenix when it’s hot out, and have had the need for an IV after a race more than once, despite my grandest efforts to hydrate. This time, I was planning to drink 2 bottles per 8 mile lap (sounds crazy, but necessary) and was downing some electrolyte capsules. Oh irony, how you taunt me. πŸ˜‰

I had a nice, long warm-up, but was slightly concerned because when I tried to do some openers, my legs did not respond. They just felt like lead- like they wouldn’t contract. Sometimes I feel bad in the warm-up and good in the race- similar to the Breck 32. No such luck. The gun went off and I went straight backwards. I also could not get my HR up! I usually race an XC in the low 190s and I was hovering around my Lt – 173 and pushing as hard as I could. I have been training pretty hard, so my legs were done. I was going to ride a second lap and assess the situation and hope I felt better.

Suddenly, it got really dark. The bad kind of dark. I heard thunder rumbling…and very soon after that, I could actually see lightning bolts striking all around me. There was no longer thunder rumbling, it was CRACKING around me. I was thankful that I was heading downhill, but was not doing such a good job of descending because I was shaking from the lightning. The rain came as I was getting back to the start/finish. I saw girls in front of me had dropped out. Normally, I am a big fan of tough conditions- I am able to mentally suck it up and bust out a good result. As I was contemplating the safety of my life for another lap, I heard the announcer yelling to the spectators, “SEEK COVER! EVERYONE OFF THE MOUNTAIN! If you’re under a tent, you are still not safe! They closed the lifts!!!” At that point, I decided it was not worth it. I told the official I didn’t want to get struck by lightning, which is what several other women had said. They capped the men’s race as they came after just 2 laps and had turned the women around who had gone out on their second. Epic. The dirt was also the kind that turns into clay. I waited under one of the “unsafe” tents for Mr. Kerkove to finish. I was watching wreck after wreck, and seeing the state of some of these guys’ bikes. He looked strong and happy, and ready for more. πŸ˜‰

Darkness falls on Sol Vista.

Awesome. We got to sit in traffic coming back too! Not surprising though….

P8033652 Big MOFO Pimpin. Hell yeah! πŸ˜€ and they brought a bike!

I figured out how Je-kove gets so fast…he rides with 10 lbs of mud on each shoe! Shhh…don’t tell him I told you!

The storm was a blessing in disguise for me. Now it’s time to head to Outdoor Retailer for a great time and a week to rest the legs. I’ll be back feeling strong and buzzed on all the awesome product I will have feasted my eyes on. πŸ™‚

Somewhere over the rainbow … on the drive back.

P8033658 “Somewhere, over the [DOUBLE] rainbow, skies are blue.
and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” Dream it. Be it. Seriously….. I am somehow lucky enough to be finding that place.

You bet your bad self that I’ll have my camera in Salt Lake this week. I won’t leave my peeps hanging. πŸ™‚ Adventure on!


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