After this weeks debacle of events
, it was touch and go whether we would make it to the race. Thankfully the Gastro bugs stayed away.
We did everything we could to make it happen. We managed to borrow my Mums car (thanks Mum!) and somehow squeezed my bike into the back. The forks hung over one child’s head, and the handlebars over another.
Baby Z woke at 1am for a breastfeed and again at 4am ready to start the day.
Today will be sleep deprived racing at its greatest.
I tried and tried to get him back to sleep but it was futile.
In my pre kids life at a Nationals race, my bike and gear would be super organised and I would be in the right mind set to race. But this time around I was just hoping to pack matching gloves and water.
The morning was spent packing three lunch boxes full of tasty goods to make sure the kids were happy on the almost 2 hour drive to the race. Photo: Lunchboxes all sorted.Yes, I know who likes the triangles and who doesn’t
As for my own nutrition, I made sure I had a banana for before the race and some protein for after the race, and my water.
While getting everything ready to pack into the car, Baby Z managed to fall out of the car onto his head and he got a big lump. Ice packs needed, and one cranky baby loaded into the car. After numerous discussions between Master F and Miss T about who brought which toy, we were finally off. Photo: Bumped head
Photo: Finally on route to the race
We made it to the track and I really wanted to ride half of the course. I seem to do much better in races when I have warmed up on the track. But unfortunately I couldn’t get onto the race track because there was a race on. Luckily I had ridden it the day before!
My mind was distracted over the multiple cries of ‘Mummy!’ ‘Mummy!’. It is hard to focus. I made sure I drank some water and nibbled some food.
Although I was racing Cross Country, the butterflies from my prior downhill racing days were back. I think it was because I could see the downhillers doing runs, and I knew how they were feeling.
After giving the kids more food, and drinks, I was off to do a short 10 minute warm up before the race start. I kept bumping into some of my old downhill racing buddies. So my warm up was not too good and soon it was time for the race start.
Lining up with top names like Rebecca Henderson, Imogen Smith, Anna Beck, Jodie Willet is pretty cool. Even though I was racing in Veterans (which I found out is now called Masters!! ), it was nice to be amongst the Elite.
The gun went off and we were off up a fire road then onto single track. I pushed hard to try get a good position into the single track. The passing opportunities were limited on the track, so it was best to get a good position early. Photo: The race start. I am in there at the back.
The Toowoomba track is fun!! I enjoy technical uphill. I am much better at it than long grinds. The downhills were super fun, and left me smiling. I loved going past the kids each lap and hearing them call out ‘Go MUMMY!’.
I managed to overtake a few people as I went around. Which is always a good confident boost.
I knew there was a girl in my class in front of me and one right behind me. I pedalled hard to try catch the leader on the climbs and stayed off the brakes on the downhills. I could see her, but just couldn’t quite catch her.
I came through in 2nd place, 11 seconds behind the winner. Stoked with my race as I kept positive and had my angry face on.
After the race Master F asked me innocently ‘Why didn’t you go faster so you could get the gold medal Mummy?’
I tried baby, I tried!
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Tags: Australian National Mountainbiking, Sleep deprived racing, Racing with kids, Riding while breastfeeding