Road season 2018 is a wrap

CC Hillerød

On Wednesday evening I took my bike with the train to Jutland to visit my dad. I had two easy days on the bike and a race on Saturday, before going back home for Sunday’s race on Zealandia. It was great just to relax and ride around without heavy traffic and even enjoy a bit of hills. I did a 1-minute hill interval just for the fun of it and did a new PB! I never get tired of improvements 😉

Horsens Amateur Cycling Club

On race day, Saturday, it was raining before the start and it was freaking cold with an unpleasant breeze. Waiting for the gun to go off I was joking about getting a puncture with 10 kilometers to the finish being the worst thing that could happen. Don’t ever make jokes like that! After only 13 kilometers I had a flat and guess what? I had 10 kilometers to the finish. Doh! To my luck I passed a helper when he was about to switch with another, so I could go with him in his car. Thankfully!!

Horsens AC
Photo: mbaek.dk

It’s the flattest feeling when you prepare all day (and even the day before) to race and then have to abandon after 20-25 minutes. But the weather was bad, and I was not in the mood for a recovery spin, so I just changed my tube and watched the others racing. I had to wait for the Swedes to finish because they were giving me a ride back home.

Horsens AC
Photo: mbaek.dk

At home I needed to comfort myself, so I ate a whole bucket of Ben & Jerry’s by myself for dinner. Not a proper meal before a race but at this point I didn’t really care. Only one more race and then it was off-season.

Cycle Club Hillerød

Sunday, I didn’t feel good. Not because of the ice cream last night – haha – but like I haven’t been feeling good for the last couple of weeks. I felt tired and without energy and I was not looking forward to 106 kilometers with strong crosswinds and too many hills.

It only took about half a lap of 21 kilometers for all the women to separate from the men. The hills, the wind and the pace were too much for us girls and I ended up being in a group with five women and three men.

CC Hillerød
Photo: Claus Ljungdahl

I was hurting a lot from the beginning! On every hill and every open, windy section my legs screamed at me. I thought about quitting so many times, only because everything in my body was hurting. But the winner was to be found in my group, so I decided to just get through one lap at a time.

My mind was switching between thinking of how to do the sprint in crosswind and just being happy to finish with the group. I don’t think I have ever been so uncomfortable on the bike regarding to the feeling in my body.

With about five kilometers to the finish we were all still together in the group and I was in second position behind a fast guy. I was hoping that he would keep the pace high and stay in front the rest of the race. He did!

CC Hillerød
Last podium of 2018

On the last 1000 meters he gave me a thumb up and then I knew he was going to do a lead-out, so I got ready sticking close to his wheel. He started sprinting with a couple of hundreds of meters to go and I could pass him to take my second win in the Women’s Elite class this year. An awesome way to finish off my season after several podiums and bad luck.

I decided to ride home after the race and ended up doing 166 kilometers in total. I was toast the rest of the day!

The end of another season

I was supposed to race next weekend also, but my body is tired, and I think it’s better for me to give it a break now. Instead, I’m all in on strength training, maybe doing some yoga and eating whatever I feel like (like I always do 😉 ). I also want to practice on the velodrome this winter, so I will use some time feeling comfortable on it again after my crash two years ago.

DM Omnium 2016
My last race on the track was in 2016.

But, to sum up this season I have development tremendous on every level. My physical fitness is better, but more important is my mental fitness improvement. And no crash or injuries this season! Except for a bruised rib, but it didn’t prevent me from riding.

Last year I struggled with being in the peloton, with cornering and with believing in myself. This year I have no problem with the peloton and my cornering is pretty good. The only thing that can still be a challenge is the positioning when things get hectic or technical. I will solve that puzzle also 😉

I can look back on two wins and five podiums in the Danish races. I am the overall winner of Tour of Reykjavik 2018. I have raced my first UCI race with Tour of Uppsala (UCI 2.2) and done my first Kermesse races (1.15) in Belgium. I am also double Club Champion (time trial and road race) in 2018 and even though these are not big achievements, I still need to remind myself how far I have come and that small successes are also successes and allowed to be happy about. Even my win in my first Zwift race I’m happy about 🙂

CC Hillerød
Photo: Claus Ljungdahl

I look forward to what the 2019 season will bring, and to work with a new coach. I have been with Power Perfection for the last two years and Magnus has helped me a lot and made me a lot stronger. But sometimes you just need to ‘shake the bag’ (as we say in Danish) and try something new, get a new focus and try other things, so you don’t get lazy or too convenient 🙂

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A month of racing

Vitamin Well Frederiksbergløbet

Since I raced in Sweden, after the Summer break, it has almost been a month until my next race due to cancelled races and weddings to attend. The races in Sweden didn’t go super well, but you can read about it yourself here. In this blog post I will tell you about the last month of races I have done, having only two weeks left of the season. Time flies!

Vitamin Well Frederiksberg crit

I started with a crit race the day after a wedding, so I was not at all feeling strong at all – and I was very tired because I didn’t sleep much. It was a strange race because we were put together with Men 60 and Women B, which is a very unusual combination.

Vitamin Well Frederiksbergløbet
Photo: Jesper Skovbølle

On the first lap I sat talking with one of the men in the middle of the group when we hit the famous hill “Valby Bakke”, short but steep. Four girls went away, and I thought “God damn it, already?!” but I had to try to go with them, so I put in a strong effort and managed to close the gap not taking the peloton with me. Then I thought “damn it, now it is going to be a tough day” – haha. Luckily it was only 50 minutes of racing, but it was 50 minutes full gas and nothing less than nine times up the hill.’

Vitamin Well Frederiksbergløbet
Photo: Jesper Skovbølle

On the last lap I went in front and fast up the hill to make sure no one could attack. I was confident in my sprint, so I wanted us to stay together. We were down to four in the breakaway with two from the same team. I was in third position on the finish and thought it was perfect. I thought the leading rider would pull out because she led us more than half a lap and had a team mate behind me, but she didn’t and when number two started her sprint I followed to get a lead out. Unfortunately, she stayed side by side with the other rider, so I couldn’t pass and had to go around the other way when it was too late, so I had to settle with second. A bit frustrating being less than half a wheel from victory.

Vitamin Well Frederiksbergløbet
Photo: Jesper Skovbølle
HFCK road race

In this race it was time to join the Men C again. I was a bit nervous because I haven’t been able to stay with the group this year. But I had nothing to worry about. Yes, it was damn hard at times, and I had my moments of crisis. I tried to stay in front, but I went up and down all the time.

HFCKs åbne landevejsløb
Photo: Tommy Kjærulff Eriksen

On the final lap I had some help from a guy from my local club. He brought me to the front and did a lead-out for me. Unfortunately, he pulled out too soon and when the other guys started sprinting they boxed me in and I came in second, again. The good thing about racing with the men is the speed and bigger peloton. The bad thing is the sprint.

HFCKs åbne landevejsløb

CK Fix crit

I was hoping that third time was a charm doing another crit, women only, but being up against five riders from the same team out of nine (Women A) it wasn’t easy. I tried to close all their attacks, but in the end one rider went on a solo breakaway. Then I, together with a Swedish girl, could use the rest of the race leading the chasing group consisting of her three team mates. Boring!

CK Fix gadeløb
Photo: Claus Ljungdahl

With only four laps to go I had a puncture and I didn’t bring a spare wheel, so I was rolling to the finish. I saw one of my male team mates and asked for his wheel, since we were allowed one lap of respites. I just managed to change the wheel before my group was back and I could rejoin them.

CK Fix gadeløb
Photo: Claus Ljungdahl

I made a stupid decision on the last lap that forced me to take the front on the final meters with headwind, so I only sprinted to 4th or 5th place. But it didn’t matter because I was disqualified for not changing my wheel on the correct spot. My first DSQ ever, woops.

Slaget vid Lund road race

Next up was the last race in Sweden this year. It was early morning and very cold. My motivation was not the highest and we had to race with Men D and Men 50 which is also a very unusual combination.

It had been raining so the roads were a bit wet and I didn’t know the course on beforehand. Suddenly I felt like a did a lot last year, anxious and insecure in cornering on wet roads. Combined with a strong sidewind I quickly had to close a giant gap and after that I was game over. My legs were hurting and my mind even more.

I decided to go a few laps on my own, but then DNF to save energy for the race next day. Very disappointed in myself, but my mind is my biggest challenge and I can still have an off-day. Everyone can. Today was just one of these days where both mind and body wouldn’t work my way.

Mogens Lind VVS road race

The next day was a race on home ground and a very familiar course. Back with the Men C and only a light breeze on a flat lap made it a fast day. I wasn’t really in the mood for racing and a bit nervous to do another DNF, but still I wanted to win badly. Mixed emotions much?

Mogens Lind VVS Løbet
Photo: Jesper Skovbølle

Well, it was easy to sit in the peloton most of the time and despite of a lot of attacks no one got away for real. I felt tired in the beginning but made sure to stay in the front the whole time. A good decision because a crash split the group early on. At the end I felt better, and I even tried to follow a breakaway – without luck though.

Mogens Lind VVS Løbet
Photo: Jesper Skovbølle

On the last lap I made sure to stay in top 10 but with everyone making it home together it was a chaotic bunch sprint with men and women together and tailwind on the long finish. I followed the stream and tried to find a good wheel. But I made a bad choice because just before the line (going 63 km/h) my wheel stopped pedaling and I came in second – again! God damn it! I was very angry afterwards, but I was also happy that yesterday’s mental breakdown was gone, and I felt good in the peloton again.

Mogens Lind VVS Løbet
The sprint – can you spot me? Photo: Jesper Skovbølle

Marcello Bergamo Cup 2018 (Pinsecup)

Team Integra Advokater - Giant (W)

Last Friday me and the other girls from the team took the team car to Jutland to race the yearly Marcello Bergamo Cup. Daily speaking we call it “Pinsecup” (“Whitsun” Cup must be the English translation) and it is one of the only races on the calendar where Women A (Elite), Women B and Women Junior race together. That meant that for the first time us girls could race together as a team.

Herning_Train
We lived at Danhostel Herning close to nature and train rails. In the middle of nowhere actually 😉
Stage 1: Silkeborg

The first stage was hilly and even though we had an early start before 10:00 it was hot and without wind. The race was 86 kilometers with six laps and one long hill that could really make a difference.

Pinsecup 2018
Photo: mbaek.dk

I was a bit more nervous than usual before the start. A bit nervous because of the big peloton, but also because I was afraid of failing. Afraid of not being good enough to be in the top. The feeling of not being good enough is something I’m trying to get rid of. I guess we all feel it sometimes and mostly I don’t give it too much attention, but this time it bothered me more than I needed it to.

In the peloton there were two big teams with around 10 riders each – and strong riders – while we were the third biggest team with five riders and the rest of the peloton was club riders and a few professionals being home.

Pinsecup 2018
Photo: mbaek.dk

The two big teams were aggressive from the beginning and attacks was ongoing, but only a single rider got away. It took me some time to relax in the peloton, so I used too much energy being in the back and struggling to get to the front.

Finally, my nervousness went down, and I could be to some use in the front. On the final lap I tried to get away right before the last hill. It was a make it or break it moment and this time I didn’t made it. I had the gap, but I was caught midway on the hill and then I had to dig deep to hang on to the finish line.

Pinsecup 2018
Photo: mbaek.dk

I finished 15 in the Women A class and 18 in the Cup. Even though we ride together, we still have separate prizes/points. I was happy to be able to stay with the front group throughout the race and for being active when I could and for having the guts to gamble even if it meant I lost a few places in the ranking.

After the race we had to wait for the men to finish because they used the team car for service. We waited 3-4 hours and helped give out bottles, tanned in the sun and payed over-price for things to drink and eat from the food truck. Probably not the best way to rest for the race the day after.

Pinsecup 2018
Photo: CykelFoto
Stage 2: Herning

On the second stage we changed car with the guys, so we could go straight home after our race. The route was almost pancake flat, not much wind and 95 kilometers with only four laps.

Again, the pace was high from the beginning and attacks was flying left and right. Again, I struggled getting to the front and on the second lap I punctured. Luckily, we had neutral service, so I was given a new wheel and paced back to the peloton. I think five or seven girls punctured – did they put out thumbtacks??

Pinsecup 2018
Photo: CykelFoto

Well, two got away, but the attacks kept coming and I also tried my luck now and then. On the last lap everyone was tired, and things were starting to slow down, so I took a long lead.

With around 10 kilometers to the finish three girls attacked and I was just able to get my ass with them. I had used energy on the long lead and even more on closing the gap to the three riders, so I really struggled just to wheel suck and had to skip taking my turn a few times. Not because I didn’t want to, but because I simply couldn’t.

The peloton was chasing us, and in a corner, they were close but then I heard a crash behind me and I could hear a familiar scream. I looked back and saw team mate Josefine on the ground and thought “crap!” but I had to continue.

Pinsecup 2018
Photo: CykelFoto

The four of us managed to keep the peloton distanced, but in the finish a car was in the final corner blocking our road. We had to brake and yelled to have it moved, but when it did, it was in the same direction as we had to go, so we had to brake again. Then the car decided to turn left, and we almost hit it, so we had to block the brakes again and start the sprint from zero on an uphill finish.

I was last in the sprinter train and unsure if being fourth was too long in the back, so I sat on the side of number three, but in the wind, which was not a good idea either. Luckily, the third rider decided to start the sprint early and I caught her wheel for a short period and then passed her.

Pinsecup 2018
Happy with 3rd place on stage 2.

I could see the finish line, but it felt so long to get there, and I was constantly afraid of someone getting passed me from behind. I managed to hold on and win the sprint and the last spot on the podium. I was very happy because sprinting is not my thing, but I have been working on improving it and it finally pays off.

Unfortunately, happiness was quickly changed to worry when I was called to the judges telling me I had to go to the hospital where Josefine was being treated. They only told me it didn’t look good, so I was very worried and just wanted to get the prize ceremony over with, so I could go see her.

Pinsecup 2018
Kristin 2nd in Women B class.

Me and the other girls went to the hospital and Josefine looked like, well, like she hit asphalt with her face – as she did. Her face was all bloody and she had a deep cut in her chin and eyebrow. Fortunately, nothing was broken, but she had 14 stitches and a concussion. No more racing for her in a while.

So, instead of getting home early and rest, I spend a few hours at the hospital and didn’t had food for a long time. When we could finally go back to the hostel, we had to go to the store for food and pick up Josefine’s bike. I needed to do some other stuff also and my head was mentally on limit when I could finally take a break late at night. What a roller-coaster day!

Pinsecup 2018
Daniel 2nd in Men A (Elite).

Bonus info: This day we had a rider on the podium in all classes: Women A (Elite), Women B and Men A (Elite)!

Stage 3: Hammel

On the morning of the final stage I didn’t feel good. I didn’t have much sleep, I was tired in my body as well as my head, and the motivation for racing the longest and hardest stage was non-existing. But I had too and I’m not a quitter.

It was another early start and a bit colder than the other days plus windier. The route was almost flat except for a 600 meters long hill with an average of 9,7% called Pøt Mølle Bakken and a long downhill before it went up. We had 100 kilometers of racing with seven laps. That was seven times up the hill!

Pøt Mølle Bakken
The hill everyone loves to hate 🙂

I thought the hill would make the difference, but again attacks went on from the beginning. The pace was high and every lap the speed was increasing. Four riders managed to get away while I was sitting in the back being without energy or motivation. I just wanted to have an “easy” day, but a race is never an easy day.

And the problem with being in the back was that every rider in front of me was braking a lot on the descent before the hill, so I had to do the same. When I then got to the bottom of the hill I already had a gap to the peloton. Closing the gap was damn hard and I used a lot of energy on it, but I didn’t learn and made the same mistake repeatedly. I don’t know how I managed to keep closing the gaps but somehow, I did. It was stupid and a waste of energy.

Pinsecup 2018
Photo: mbaek.dk

I was hoping to feel better after an hour (it often takes my body a long time to warm up) but after 1:15 hours I was still tired. Riders were falling from behind on every lap and two more got away in the front. Then I started to wake up.

When another rider tried her luck, I had enough of feeling powerless, so make it or brake it I decided to use what I had left in the pursuit. Unfortunately, we were only two riders willing to use energy on chasing the solo breakaway and when we were passed by the Men age 50 peloton we had to give up the pursuit.

Pinsecup 2018
Photo: CykelFoto

Instead I decided to take the lead for the rest of the lap because I didn’t want to be put back in every corner and downhill because of braking riders in front of me. That meant that I could go full gas on the descent getting a good momentum uphill and then I just pushed with all I had. The finish line was 1600 meters after the top of the hill.

A few riders passed me up the hill, but I caught them again and then we were four together (I think) going for a sprint. I started it too early – thought the line was closer than it was – and regretted. The sprint was in head wind, so I tried to go back on the train but lost too much speed to be able to pass two of the riders again and came in third in the bunch and 9th in Women A just outside the prizes. Damn it!

Pinsecup 2018
Photo: mbaek.dk

I ended 8th in the cup and I was proud of my racing despite still having a lot to learn. I have improved a lot since last year and I could focus on improving my positioning and even had energy to be a part of forming the race. That is sometimes the problem with three different levels racing together and only a small part being willing and able to race aggressive. The rest are happy just to sit in the peloton – as I was last year – and I don’t blame them, but it would be nicer with more active riders willing to take risks. You never know if you don’t try 😉

Pinsecup 2018
Suffering after a little climb.

This year we were almost 60 female riders and I think this was the biggest and strongest peloton ever and the increasing interest of women’s cycling is awesome! 😀

Racing Køge CR and Ordup CC

Køge CR

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Køge CR
Saturday, I took the train with my team mate Josefine to Solrød Strand, where we rode the last 15 kilometers to the start. The route was flat with only two small hills but a lot of corners and crosswinds. We were five women together with 27 men. The race was 99 kilometers (9 laps).

Køge CR
Photo: CykelFoto

In the start box, the guy in front of me couldn’t click in his pedal, and I couldn’t get pass him, so I started in the back of the peloton from the beginning. I used a lot of energy on trying to get to the front, but because of the many corners, I instead used all my power on closing gaps.

Køge CR
Photo: CykelFoto

After 20 minutes of racing on limit, without any chance to catch my breath, I started to get tired. My legs were actually fine, but my pulse couldn’t keep up and after another corner with a hill straight after and headwind on the top, I couldn’t close any more gaps.

Køge CR
Photo: CykelFoto

I was frustrated and didn’t want to finish the race. It was boring (and hard!) going alone for so long – especially when you are not in a breakaway. But, I knew I could get second place, because the other girls were behind me, so I had to continue hoping to meet some guys to ride with along the way.

Grøntgrossisten Løbet 2018
“Is that money for me?” 😉

After five laps I was passed by some different groups of men, and short after, the women that was behind me, suddenly joined me. On one hand I was very surprised, but on the other hand it was nice with some company. Since Josefine was in front and I didn’t know how much ahead, I didn’t participate in the pursuit. I just sat on the wheel and it was quite boring.

Grøntgrossisten Løbet 2018
Congrats!

So, on the last lap I decided to shake things up a bit and attacked on the first hill which was the steepest. Only one of the other girls could hang on and we had to sprint for 2nd.

At the 1000-meter sign I sat on her wheel, just waited for her to start the sprint. When she did, I had enough time to pick up speed behind her before making my final move, taking the sprint and I even made a new 5, 10 and 12 sec personal record 😀

Grøntgrossisten Løbet 2018
Team Integra Advokater – Giant (W)

Josefine took 1st place and it was awesome to share another podium as a team. The number of prizes depends on the number of starting riders and since we were only five on the start list there were only prizes to two.

Køge CR
Photo: Claus Ljungdahl

Afterwards, we rode back to the train and I ended up riding 140 kilometers, but didn’t feel that tired. Once again, I had learned the lesson of the importance of being in the front from the start and seeking shelter, because I’m not strong enough to sit in the back or the wind for long, when racing with the guys. So, I looked forward to try again the next day 😉

Ordup CC
Sunday’s race was taking place approximately 30 kilometers from my house, so I had planned to ride to the start, combining transport and warm up. But, I woke up to drizzling rain and decided to take the train some of the way, so I only had to ride 15 kilometers to the start.

Liv Langma
Photo: Claus Ljungdahl

I started my race day morning as I always do. Eating breakfast three hours prior start consisting of porridge (oats, milk and salt) with a smashed banana, peanut butter and cinnamon. I drink coffee (with milk), juice and water with it. I shouldn’t drink so much because I always have to pee like crazy shortly after leaving my apartment, but I never learn 🙂

On the way to the race I drink water with electrolytes and depending on my way of transport, and feeling in the stomach, I eat some more right before the start (a energy bar, banana, bread with honey or similar). I never go down on fuel on race day! Or any other day 😉

Ordrup CC
Photo: CykelFoto

The route was relatively easy, except for one sharp corner, a long hill and a steep uphill finish. We had to ride 100 kilometers (ended up being only 94 kilometers) with 10 laps and for once there was almost no wind.

We were 11 women together with 39 men and the pace was high from the beginning! Surprisingly, I felt tired from the start and it didn’t take long before I couldn’t hang on the peloton. I don’t even remember what happened, suddenly I was just not among the others anymore.

Ordrup CC
Photo: CykelFoto

I really didn’t want to go alone for 9 laps, but I’m also not keen of giving up and getting a DNF (did not finish) so I took an easy lap and discussed with myself what to do.

Shortly after, I was followed by a C-rider who had a puncture, changed tube and wanted to do a bit of training, since the race was over for him. He asked me to join, so I did.

It was good training for me and he kept the pace high. We made a deal that if I took the front on the hills, he would take the rest. But I also told him that I probably wouldn’t finish the race, so we took it one lap at the time.

Along the way we (or more correctly, he) picked up women who had fall off the peloton. First a single rider and a few laps later two more. I was still considering stopping, because I was tired, but then we picked up another two riders and now I had no good reasons for not finishing, so I continued.

Ordrup CC
Photo: CykelFoto

On one of the final laps I had promised the C-rider to pace him downhill to let him be able to go faster. Not ideal to use energy on playing games so close to the finish, but on the day I really didn’t care. And a promise is a promise. I was too frustrated of not being able to hang onto the peloton for longer, so the result didn’t matter to me anyway.

We ended up being five women fighting for 4th place and in the sprint my gear was a bit too high and the hill a bit too steep, so I only took 2nd and ended 5th, just outside the points.

I rode all the way home and ended the day with 145 kilometers and very tired! Another lesson learned and I need to find out how to solve this “problem” soon. Good thing the season has just started 😉

Injury status

I’m still struggling with my bruised rib, but it has already been a lot better since last week. I use plenty of painkillers, but at least I don’t wake up in the middle of the night, soaked in sweat, needing another dose of dope anymore.

I can almost breath the deepest without pain, which makes training and racing a lot easier. I have sneezed three times, that was painful! And, I still can’t blow my nose, cough or laugh. Actually, I couldn’t stop laughing the other day and that was a funny mix of tears of pain and joy. It hurts getting in and out the bed, and I really miss being able to sleep on my stomach. But other than that, everything is fine 😉

 

Racing in Slagelse and Greve

Greve CC Action Photo Crew

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Slagelse Løbet 2018

Saturday I was racing in Slagelse. We were 19 elite women, so we had our own peloton again. The sun was out, but the wind was horrible! The route was open and hilly, so combined with crosswind it was a tough day at the office. We had to ride 100 kilometers with four laps.

The Scandic team had seven riders on the start list, so I knew they were going to attack until they got a rider away from the bunch. In the beginning I covered the attacks, but after some time I felt it was someone else’s turn to close the gap, but no one did, so a single Scandic rider drifted away.

Josefine and I tried to close the gap but we didn’t get much help. The peloton split in the crosswind and I ended in a pursuit group of six riders. Two of them was from the Scandic team, so we were only four riders to do the work. We did our best trying to reach the rider in front, but it was too late.

10 kilometers from the finish line Josefine unfortunately had a puncture. Five kilometers to go one of the Scandic riders attacked and I was too tired to follow, so I decided to safe energy for the sprint. Thinking back now, I should just have followed and taken the chance. I was feeling strong all day, I just need to believe in myself.

Well, we were down to five riders sprinting for 3rd place. The last Scandic rider was a sprinter with fresh legs, so it was easy for her to take the last podium spot. I had a very close sprint finish with another rider about 5th place but this time she took it and I ended 6th.

Greve CC 2018

Sunday I raced the seasons first criterium in Greve. A route of 7 kilometers and 50 minutes of racing. We finally raced with the men’s C-class and we were 12 elite women on the start line with 20 men.

I didn’t know what to expect and to make it all a bit more difficult I was pushed hard in the rib on Saturday (by a stranger on the street!!), so I suffered with a lot of pain that not even pain killers could release me from. Seems to be a bruised rib and hello to another “injury” 🙁

I was hoping that the focus on racing and high pulse would make me forget about hurding, but the only thing I could think of when the race started was “auch, auch and more auch”. The deeper I breathed the more it hurt.

The race was a bit chaotic in the beginning and the speed was high. I used too much energy on closing gaps and once I also tried to get away from the peloton. Stupid decision, but that’s how I learn.

Greve CC kriterium
Foto: Claus Ljungdahl

In a corner a rider in front of me was braking, so I also had too, and the gap after that was too long and my motivation was low because of the pain every time I pushed harder. I still fought my way back, but I couldn’t get my breath before the next attack in front, and I was too drained to keep up, so I had to let the peloton continue without me 🙁

The rest of the race I rode with one of the men and Josefine, so for fun I tried to make a lead-out for Josefine and I finished 6th. Seems like I do 6th place a lot lately. Hope to change that soon 😉

I rode home from the race, but it was also painful. I really hope that the rib will recover fast, because I need to be ready for next weekend! 🙂