Race: Bear Mountain Road Race
Date: May 13, 2017
Location: Stony Point, NY
Rider(s): Cheryl Clark
The rain was coming on strong, but Cheryl decided to take on the mountain. The epic adventure seemed more appealing than putting on the headphone for 3 hours and sitting on the trainer trying to replicate a race like effort form of a workout.
So off to the races she went, accompanied by her good friend Rob, so when travelling with good people, it makes one feel a bit more sane and rational in the decision to race.
Cheryl knew that the worst part (or so she thought) would be staying dry prior to the race. On a day like Saturday, just showing up ready to go at that start line was a small success in itself. The plan was to make the race hard and fast starting on the first climb, so that we could all get our minds off of the cold, rainy weather.
A break of 3 riders was formed, and we worked together, holding a gap over the rest of the field. Cheryl led a steady pace of the climbs, and the riders rotated through to strengthen the gap.
Going into the third lap, Cheryl realized she was running low on energy, and had lost one of her precious water bottles filled with calories on the first decent. She had not packed enough gels, and felt fatigue begin to sink in, and soon realized this was the beginning of a bonk phase (rookie move, not enough food, or maybe a lack of a type of nutrition the day before? *beating herself up for this mistake*). Whatever is was, the bonk was coming hard and fast. The trio of riders was soon joined by a fourth, and then with 8 miles to go, Cheryl lost contact with the 3 riders, and had no glycogen stores left. There was no choice but to just pedal softly to the finish line, fighting off the cold, rain, and dizziness.
Cheryl was fourth on the day, and a bit disappointed, but that is bike racing sometimes, and it will most certainly be a Bear Mountain day to remember! Once home, that hot shower, cold beer, and favorite sweatpants, never felt sweeter!
Cheryl Clark 4th place