This season was essentially based around 2 races. The first one was the Olympic test event in London and the other one was the World Championship Grand Final in Beijing this past weekend.
Much like London, I had another great start to this race. Everything was going so well. I was in the lead group right out of the water. I road comfortably in the group, feeling strong each time up the hill and staying out of trouble in the wet conditions. Then, on the 5th lap just as we were starting the climb I felt my back tire go soft. I looked down and within seconds it was flat. I couldn’t believe it. I managed to keep riding to the top of the hill, hoping there might be a wheel stop. Unfortunately, I couldn’t have been further away from one as it was at the bottom of the hill on the opposite side of the course. At that point, with no chance of getting a spare, my race was officially done.
Later on back at the hotel our team bike mechanic pulled this staple-like piece of metal out of my tire.
This season has been all about progressions. With each race I’ve gained more confidence and with every training block I’ve gotten stronger. My results have reflected that trend and I was confident that my performance here in Beijing would again trump everything I’d done up until now.
We spent months preparing specifically for this one race and although it’s immensely frustrating, fortunately, I’ll have another opportunity to express my fitness a week from now at the World Championship Series race in Yokohama, Japan.
This is only a small bump in the road in the grand scheme of things. I’ve overcome much worse in the past year. I’ll chalk it up as another character building experience and move on to the next one!