Saturday's race: Kittens and Monkeys
The next day was Fox River Grove, an awesome course with a huge hurtful hill right next to an actual ski jump. The course was very long and the descent was awesome and fast and wound through neighborhoods. Sarah and I lined up (she had placed third in the 30+ race earlier in the day--I would have liked to have made that race, but I wasn't able to allot the time that day) and I was able to hang for about 2 laps. After the second time up the hill I blew up, and then just settled in to try to finish. We only raced for 30 minutes which was pretty short, and after a while I started to pick people off from the shattered field. I was getting great speed and having a lot of fun on the descent. Midway through the race Sarah appeared and helped me pass a couple of riders. We flew down that hill together but she was killing me on the uphill so I told her not to wait. We finished 7th and 8th. Fitness was gained! After the race I rode out of there to meet Jason and the kids at a family BBQ celebrating cousin Vicki's graduation in Grayslake. It was an absolutely gorgeous ride through some beautiful country that I don't normally get to see.