It feels like I was just here but just under one year later, back to Banyoles for my third World Cup of 2012. Everyone waiting for the anticipated 8 blocks of chocolate and beer in our race pack but too many people’s disappointment it did not arrive. In the days leading up, I was confident in the training as the weeks leading up after Madrid had been going strong, focussing on key aspects that I knew I needed to work on. Basically looking into the present and understanding how this will impact my races into the future.
We quickly caught onto the back of Erin and Andrea. The 6 laps began with the attempt to catch the girls up the road. The bike was a lot faster than I remember from last year as the quality of field is much higher. I had to find good wheels as I found out from the earlier laps that being behind a bad wheel behind a corner meant more accelerations than I needed. I know I wasn’t dominant enough on the ride to keep good position and this cost me. I was caught in awkward positions or boxed in the middle and couldn’t get my way out. Coming onto the last lap where anyone gets antsy, I was stuck in the middle of the bunch with the lead girls having about 15 seconds on me. I was in the worst position possible as when I racked my bike, girls were already running out.
I have lots to think about after this race especially in big running weeks, taking the easy, easy and making the quality, quality. Onwards from here….