After her pre-ride, we registered and got our schwag bag. Carly loves this part. She pulled out a Jet Blackberry Gu and devoured it. Next she pulled out this:
And then she asked me, "What does this taste like, Momma?" I about fell backwards I was laughing so hard! Once I told her what it was for, she got this disgusting "I can't believe I was about to eat that!" look on her face.
Once Grandmom Sandy and Grand-Doug arrived, I went off on my pre-ride while Carly took the grandparents on a hike of her course. My Mom later told me that she had asked Carly if she wanted to race with a bottle of water or sports drink. Carly's response (with the most serious face, according to Mom), "No, Grandmom, that adds WEIGHT."
Sunday morning, Carly's race went off bright and early at 8:30 am. The day before she had showed us our positions out on the course: Grandmom at the root garden, Grand-Doug at "the hole," and I at the road crossing.
|"Go to your position, Mom, you are getting on my nerves."|
Carly's race was 2 laps. Once the gun went off and she was out of sight, I went to my position. Whereas on the pre-ride she was "on the brakes" on the descent, today she was flying today!
On the second lap she had lost a position. She later told me that the girl (in the picture above) had passed her on the climb, causing her to bobble. But she said she ran the bike up to the next level spot and hopped right back on.
When asked what the favorite part of the race for her, she replied with a big smile, "The downhill!" Awesome. At the previous two races the answer to the question had been, "the finish."
Other than the competitor-induced bobble, she executed a great race. Doug said that she made "the hole" look easy. He helped a lot of kids up and outta there by grabbing on to their handlebars as they just barely crested the summit.
|All the kids are winners.|
Now, if I can only figure out how to make L4 and VO2 max intervals fun for her!