Sharon takes gold at the Maccabi Games in the TT!!!!
I’m going to begin my writing with the night before the race. I was so nervous I could barely eat and I couldn’t even finish my glass of wine. Have you ever heard of me not finishing a glass of wine? My goal was to be in bed at 7 but that didn’t happen. Finally made it to bed after 9 and alarm went off at 2:30. Did I sleep between 9 and 2. NO!
Off we set with a driver to the race at Kibbutz Godat. A 2 ½ hour drive. Needless to say the way they drive here we made it in 2 hours. Gave me plenty of time to go check the course out and get a good warm up in. I had dinner with Canada’s tri coach the other night and he was telling me about the strong female rider he had and I heard the Israeli riders were strong. Hearing that didn’t help with my nerves. In my field we had women from Canada, Argentina, Australia and Israel.
At the start you had your choice between a regular start or a ramp start. I have never done a ramp start and all the women before me weren’t so I opted out. I could see me doing a nosedive. It would actually have been to my advantage to start on the ramp but I need to build a ramp at home and practice.
Start times were a minute a part. Out of the shoot I go. I pass the first woman not to far out. Kept going, passed another and another. At that point I quit counting. My heart rate was sky high but I felt great. I could be 20 beats lower in CO and it hurts so much more than here. Racing at sea level rocks. The course was rolling hills with a pretty good climb up to the turn around then a nice steep climb to the finish. My kind of course.
I wasn’t sure how I did because I knew an Israeli woman was semi close. Jon said, “I nailed it”. That I did. I beat the 2nd place woman by 6 minutes. I got 3rd overall in all the women. What a great moment for me winning the gold for team USA. We had podium finishes in all the guys age groups. It was a great day for Team USA in cycling.
The next race, which is supposed to be a road race, is Thurs. I call it a circuit race. It’s a 6 mile loop and we race it 6 times. All the women are starting together which is great for me. I also hear it has a couple of good climbs. I love those climbs.
Tomorrow I’m going to go to Jerusalem and be a tourist then on Tues. we are suppose to go ride the race course if a phantom bus shows up. I’ll keep you informed of the next race. Thanks for following me in Israel.