This was my first NCC race after my crash and I felt pretty good in the race! While I did see the front of the race for a bit I was not in good position when a break of 3 got away, including our current National Criterium Champion Theresa Cliff-Ryan from Team Exergy 2012, Jenn Purcell from Tibco, and Jade Wilcoxen from Optum. I was bummed to miss this break, as I'm sure everyone else was too. Tibco and Optum did a great job of disrupting any chase efforts (Theresa was there solo). In the last third of the race I felt good enough to go for a field prime and got it. I went a little too hard, and ended up with a huge gap. Not realizing how big the gap was, I now regret shutting down that effort instead of trying to catch the break. After I got reabsorbed I rode around with the field for a bit but having a bit of cash in my pocket made me feel complacent. I wasn't sure how much I would have left or the finish given how much I had expended for the prime so I decided to just throw in the towel, put the bike on the car and do miracles with baby wipes and make up.
Not bad for not taking a shower!!
Theresa won the race and we made it to a lovely wedding in time to see two really great people get married.