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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Ereprijs 'Albert Van Damme' Cross
Last Saturday I had one last chance to test my legs before Koksijde World Cup this weekend. The race was held an hour from home in a tiny town called Laarne in East Flanders. I went there in support of Dan Seaton who is a fellow racer and CX Magazine journalist and in support of my teammate Veerle Ingels who was there to win the East Flanders Provincial Champion's jersey.
As it was a small race, they ran the women in conjunction with the junior guys. The start was super fast, especially considering the course weaves in and out of a farm that just harvested their corn, leaving little 10 centimeter stalks protruding from the ground. Veerle and I got away from the rest of the gals from the start and rode at our own pace till the end. Veerle finishing a bit ahead of me to win the jersey!
What i took away from the race was confirmation that my body is continuing to get stronger over the season. On a power course like that, it is easy to judge your fitness. I was also thrilled to hear again so many cheers for me - even at a local race! What a difference that kind of support can make.
But the highlight of the day was the excitement on Veerle's face when she won the race. When you compete in a country like Belgium where most of the big guns come to race, victories are hard to come by - unless you are marianne vos, daphny van den Brand or of course Katie Compton. So when it happens, you're sure to treasure the moment. I may not have won the race myself, but i was filled with joy nonetheless just by getting to witness Veerle's moment.
As for this week's training, it's been raining nonstop with heavy winds attached. It's so bad out there that I almost got blown off the soccer field during my run. It took ten seconds to clear the field in one direction and three minutes in the other.
Friday we leave for the Belgian coast for Koksijde world cup. Saturday is the race. Jonas and I have a little post-race routine every time we go to this race that includes taking a long walk on the beach while holding hands just like in the romance movies. Jonas' mom reminds me that it's just a phase - haha.