It may not have been the highlight of the day to sit on the highway - at a standstill for one hour - but it didn't seem that bad after having a decent day on the bike.
Yesterday i raced at Beveren-Prosperpolder in Belgium (near Antwerpen) and for the first time this road season the whole race felt easy. We did 90km at 2:12 (slightly over 40kph) so theoretically since we were moving about the same speed as all the other races, I should have been suffering again ( just the day before I only lasted five minutes in the race). But i really shouldn't question it. Rather i should be thankful that i actually had fun on the bike in a race again!
There were even a couple of times I found myself at the front of the peloton to help chase down breaks. But since i was really not sure of my fitness I let the others finish the job for fear that i'd spend 30 seconds at the front then immediately pedal backwards through the peloton and be spit out like an orange seed. One of those breaks that went off the front actually stuck so i was in the chasing peloton. I was fine with that. Hopefully the day will come really soon where i am ready to test the body out by going with a break or even initiate breaks again - something i really miss.
When the end of the race came, I did a semi-sprint and finished 26th overall which earned me a whopping 10 euros. I call it a semi-sprint because i was slightly overgeared and found myself having to push the bike forward with my arms! Quite comical looking actually. Again, fine for the day.
But the next race is another day which can mean two things, 1. I will immediately get dropped like what happened two days ago OR my body will be back to normal and i'll start playing on the bike a bit more! I'm praying to the bike racing gods that it will be the latter.
By the way, Sanne Cant was in yesterday's race as well. She looked good and even made it into the break that finished under a minute ahead of our peloton.
Usually after every race Jonas and i will have a picnic somewhere. This time an unexpected traffic jam decided for us. According to TomTom, the delay was supposed to be two minutes but it turned out to be an hour! We had pasta with garlic and olive oil, oranges, pistachios, grilled tomatoes and red onions with basil and avocado, and even a glass of wine.