1st Place Cat 1 AG
Top 5 out of 220 Overall Amateur Women
|Just after crossing the finish line|
Sea Otter Classic is such a famous, prestigious and monster race that I feel extremely fortunate that I was able to take a trip with my husband Pax all the way from Florida and attend it. I love the West Coast, it is wild and beautiful here, coast is rugged, waves are huge and wild flowers are everywhere. The weather is more than perfect too. I felt more at home here than I expected and never ending hills and extremely fast descents didn’t stop me from racing to my full potential. I was the only one in my group from the flat land but the moment we started heading to the fist climb I had a feeling of strength and huge possibility. I never let it go and made my way to the top and to the first and super-fast descent in 2nd place.
My eyes were peeled to the leader and I knew I was not going to let anyone get away. Race was very exciting and very mental, we went back and forth with the lead girls, I think it was four of us until I finally got my break on mile 13 and never looked back.
|On the raceway heading toward the trails|
|First and fast downhill|
|Never ending climbs and descents|
The last push out of the dirt and onto the Laguna Seca Raceway to the road descent with a huge finish line where all the fans were cheering was incredible feeling. I looked back quick but there was no one there behind me. I crossed the finish line so happy and with wind in my hair and a smile on my face.
The greatest part was seeing my husband who knew I pulled pretty amazing time split but didn’t know I actually won the race. Loved seeing his face when I told him that I won. It was an amazing team effort and I would not be today talking about it if not for all the hard work my husband put toward this success. We are so happy. Meeting my fantastic supporters of many years was also a huge bonus and joy and I can only wish time did not fly as fast. This is an incredible race and I’m honored to be able to say I took the top step.
|Sea Otter Podium!|
|Celebrating with LG|