The weather suddenly got pretty hot. I soaked my jersey twice before the prologue time trial. The energy I saved from not having to cool my body by its own means was worth carrying the extra weight ;). It all evaporated before the first right hand turn to head uphill anyways. The course was just over 3 miles of climbing at various gradients.
I got a penalty of 1 second for flying off the start ramp a little to early. I thought the guy was holding me tighter than that...
The second stage was great. Juvéderm-Specialized kits were always riding up at the front of the pack. We were in on the climb points and the sprint points, riding strong, and working really well as a team. We had to be pretty careful to keep hydrated as well.
There were a couple of weird incidents, like half of the peloton turing the wrong way on the course. And how about this one : at the second last climb before the long flat to the finish, I was chasing to hang on with the small break that formed. There was a short downhill before the final climb and I knew that it was my chance to get back onto the group. I flashed back in my mind to my DVDs I watch in the winter on the trainer. I imagined Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwin talking about a guy who needs to take risks on the descents in the Alps and the Pyrenées if they want to be remain in contention for the end. So, I took the risk. I went too fast, got scared and braked a little and skidded out. I didn't hit my head. I got a guy to help me up and I jumped back in with some girls who fell off the back . I came over the line late, but I'll be fine for tomorrow's crit! Great job today girls, and I'll keep my tires down next time ;)