More Melissa Metrics!

“I don’t have a ton to say about the next two metrics for me (#5 and #6).  Both were at events where I followed cue cards and generally had no idea where I was in the world.  My sense of direction is poor when not actively following a map.

The first was at LML, where my goal was to push hard and see how quickly I could finish.  I’m happy to report that I was the first female (but in a VERY small field) and finished in about the top third overall.

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The second was the Gent’s Race in Slater, IA.  The concept of the Gent’s Race is that you start and finish as a team.  Your team of five is awarded the slowest time of any one of your members and you’re expected to stick together and help each other out.  We had a strong start, but we had a teammate or two struggling after the halfway point so our pace dropped.  I had legs left and asked my teammates how I could help them?  Food?  Water?  Distraction?  Singing?  Drafting?  (I’m really short.  I’ve been told that drafting off of me is nearly pointless for the tall.)  They said I couldn’t really help so I was free to go mess around.

I decided that doing random sprints and intervals was a great way to turn the end of the ride into an intense training session!  I’d let a group pass us, let a decent gap open up, and then sprint as hard as I could to catch up.  Some of the guys would look shocked when I’d pull up out of nowhere and start talking for a bit before dropping back to my teammates.  I’d ride alongside a group of folks in a paceline, using them to set my speed.  Since I wasn’t on their team, I wasn’t allowed to draft them so it was much more work for me!  I made sure to say hi to Dave Mable during the ride, one of the amazing instigators of this site.

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All in all both “races” were good gravel events!  I got to talk to a lot of folks and experience the awesome gravel culture here in the midwest.”

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Jim

Cup O'Dirt Admin

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