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Why Colleen is DFL and Beaming About It!
As ECC Blogger Colleen demonstrates, "Success is Relative." She has used the CLUB's resources and her own determination to set goals and acheive them. Read her story below...
"The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself - the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us - that's where it's at."
(Editor's note: As one of the CLUB's Everyday Cyclist Challenge bloggers, and a monthly contest winner in October, Colleen has been doing a great job of documenting her season, staying on target, and inspiring others. The content below is an excerpt about her inaugural foray into the world of mountain bike competition. You can click here to visit her blog (and offer your encouragements!) as well as to read the post in its entirety.)
I can now mark off another goal! I did it- I raced my first cross country mountain bike race and had an insanely good time doing it. Yes there are bruises (but I bruise easily and all the time), yes I feel like I feel like the tin man needing oil in my joints, and yes there were times when I had clipped out and just thought about laying down on and taking a wee little nap on the course but it was all worth it and I can't wait to do it again.
I got 6/6 for Cat3 women. I'm really happy with that. You may say- 'umh, you mean you are happy with DFL?". Heck yeah I am and if you are saying DFL (dead f*ing last) then you have no idea what this race was about. Everyone has a starting point, everyone has to start at beginner, and someone has to finish last. I am cool with hitting all three of those points. I finished last with a big huge smile on my face, ready to do another lap and not wanting to unclip from my pedals. I finished and was able to watch some of my teammates, who were in my same spot not that long ago, rip the dirt up like madwomen out there. I raced 5 other women, all of whom have been racing for a while. I knew some from the dirt derby races in Austin (which made it really fun for my first race) and they are fast.
I'm proud of my finish and proud that I did it. I freaking beat every chick who's talked about doing it and didnt get off their bums and do it.
I kicked dirt (metaphorically) at all the big sunglasses-small doggie-fake nail girls who come out to races and watch their boyfriends race but wouldnt get dirty unless it was with a facial mud mask (ok, there's one girl in particular that I saw this weekend I'm thinking of here but in general the mtb-girlfriends are not like that).
I stepped up and did what I had started out to do.
We took off as a group of 8- 6 from C3, 30-39, one 20-29, and one 14 year old. I held 3rd for about 20 seconds, 4th for about 1.5 minutes, and the enjoyed seeing the strength and confidence of the other women pass me and worked to keep up as I was in the very back. I worked my way back up in to 5th and held it for a nice while until the switchbacks. I have skills to work on and they will come. The woman who got 5th only got me by less than 30seconds so I feel good about that. It was all about skill. I think I was stronger on the climbs than her and sickly stronger on the downhills (one of the only places where my hands are completely off the breaks) but she had the skills and handling to get around the corners much better than I did. Props to her and all the women in my group. It was a damn good time girls, a damn good time!
Two big things checked off in less that a month makes me pumped!
First Half Ironman- October 5th
First Mountain Bike Cross Country Race- October 26th.
Photo via flickr by Alice Teoh