The ramp was within the first couple of miles of the ride. There were volunteers stationed ahead of the hill, shouting at us to get ready by shifting (all together now):
As we rounded the corner we saw the carnage on the ramp! Everyone was pushing their bike up the hill, but Patty and I were determined to ride! (Yeah!) I let the pushers know I was there as I forged my way up with my increasingly desperate cries of:
Patty was fortunate enough to witness someone vomiting into the hay bales as she biked up.
I totally did not have that running through my head during the race. Nope. (Pretty sure someone broke their collarbone that year too.)
Each downhill on the course had me gripping my brakes for dear life, allowing everyone but the motorcycle cops to pass me.
Nevertheless, I did finish the bike and did not have to bail even once, so it was a success!
I got my bike back on the rack (possibly with some help from 2 racers who were already finished) and got ready for the final part of the race: the run!!
NEXT POST: THE STIRRING CONCLUSION OF THE DANSKIN 2010!
Hey guys, Meredith over at Swim Bike Mom asked me to link to her post about a little fighter she is racing for. We all got into racing, and keep racing, for many different reasons. Meredith is training for her first half iron (holy wow!) and stays motivated by thinking about Caleb. His story is here.