I literally felt like the carrot on the stick, just pushing with all I had but kinda knew they would catch me soon. I knew it because they had me as a motivation in front of them, I couldn’t see anyone. The mind game you know?
The mind game is one of the main keys in racing. Am I able to push this hard? Am I strong enough? They suffer too. Can I come back? You’re better. All these sentences are running through my mind, and probably everyone, when we’re out there in our own little hurt box. On lap 3 the 5 girls closed the gap and we were all together again. Now the mind really starts working. We started climbing up the first climb on lap 4, I found myself behind 3 of the girls, when I passed my mum and boyfriend standing on the other side of the tape, eager to support me in this tight battle. That made me move. I took the front together with the Spanish girl and we pushed hard up the next climbs. Some of the girls couldn’t keep our wheels, one had a flat down the next hill. That move changed my mind. It sat a fire in me, because of the question, are they stronger? was answered. On the last lap the Spanish girl got a gap of 5 meters and a french girl, Lucie, came back to me. I had her in my wheel going into the last part of the course, but luckily she took the front, and I could hide behind her until the last descent, where I powered my way past her. I finished in 7th position.
And it felt good. The first 5 days I stayed off the bike, letting my system recover 100%. I know it was a good decision, and my preparation for the World Championship has for that reason been really good. Maybe it will be an advantage in the end, I just can’t see it yet.
All the best