Berta tells how her first TOAD P-1-2 race went. Thanks to lovely locals she is on the road to a speedy Lienenkugel recovery.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight.
Sclemeel, schlemazel, hasenfeffer incorporated.
We’re gonna do it!
Today was day 2 for the Amanda’s, Kat, Jamie and Tami of racing at America’s Dairyland. For me it was day 1. I arrived Friday night and unpacked my bags to find a broken spoke. We headed over to the local bike shop and dropped off my wheel only to have it fixed in less than 24 hours- awesome. Next stop, the Lieney Lodge. If there is one thing you must do while in Wisconsin is enjoy a Lienenkugels. 2.0 keeps thinking that I am doing certain Kegel exercises but she has it all wrong. The summer shandy is the variety I like best and it can be a refreshing way to calm your nerves before racing with the big girls. After a night of Kat smashing my legs on Captain Mike’s orders, I went to bed wondering to expect the next day.
With the first couple of races being NCC races I was nervous. I haven’t been on my bike much with my marathon training but I was more excited to see where my fitness level was and to see what the racing was like. I set today as my day to test the waters.
Give us any chance, we’ll take it.
Give us any rule, we’ll break it.
We’re gonna make our dreams come true.
Doin’ it our way.
The day started early as I wanted to watch the ¾ race. Overnight there was apparently a lot of thunder and lightening and it seemed like we experienced everything during the day in terms of weather patterns. Light drizzle while driving to the start, fog rolled in around 12:30, the wind picked up and eventually the sun was shining bright. For a day that had anywhere from a 90%-30% chance of rain we all got lucky. The girls had a great race, it looked fun and they were all smiling at the end. All of the sitting and watching though left me drenched in the smell of Wisconsin Brats grilling on the grill. The girls were all happily eating lunch and enjoying Spotted Cow beers when I had to finally psych myself up and warm up.
Nothin’s gonna turn us back now,
Straight ahead and on the track now.
We’re gonna make our dreams come true,
Doin’ it our way.
The sun decided to stay present during my warm up and I was amazed at how soaked my kit was after I was done. I hadn’t ridden the course yet and was hoping that after the men’s race I could take a lap or two. Well the women decided to line up immediately after the men finished, 10 minutes before the start, so I would not be checking out the course. Humm, I was just going to have to trust myself and pay attention for the first few laps. I was feeling great, hanging in there. Occasionally I would get on a familiar Colorado wheel but with 10 minutes left to go the high octane race turned into one of those drag street races. I got popped off of the group and was working with two other girls to make the dropping off the back less sad. And then it happened. The gal I was following went too hot into the >90 degree corner and took herself out and me with her. I am not quite sure what happened but apparently my crash looked a lot worse to the spectators than what really happened. Concrete is hard. I went right into a puddle and my seat dug straight into my calf giving me the most painful Charlie horse ever!
There is nothing we won’t try,
Never heard the word impossible.
This time there’s no stopping us.
We’re gonna do it.
My calf muscle was seizing and the medical guy checking me out assured me nothing was broken. I had a bloody knee and a scraped hand but that was it! I crashed with grace. Once the excruciating pain in my calf subsided everyone was asking” What do you need?” Being that this was my first crash in a crit EVER what did I want to commemorate this? The first words out of my mouth were “I will take a Lienenkugel’s please”. Sure enough within a matter of seconds I had a nice cold Lieney’s Summer Shandy in my hand. As they handed it over and the crowd laughed. They all stated, “this is Wisconsin, of course we have Leininkugel’s.” And thus the adventure begins……
On your mark, get set, and go now,
Got a dream and we just know now,
We’re gonna make our dream come true.
And we’ll do it our way, yes our way.
Make all our dreams come true,
And do it our way, yes our way,
Make all our dreams come true
For me and you.