Chemistry. It may not even be as complex as biochemistry. It is just plain chemistry. Do we work together, or not?
I have spent the last 2.5 weeks with my team, and I am coming off of the high of being around such incredibly supportive, strong women. I am back to reality. I am actually feeling a little lonely without my team around me. I am even looking for drafts while walking down the street.
I am trying to digest the career monuments I have just reached. 7 months after a broken pelvis. First domestic race with my new team. First time trial of the year. First time riding my fast B2Pro Felt TT bike. First professional stage race overall win. I didn’t win. My team won. I was a piece of a plan that completed our goal. Win the Merco Cycling Classic. To me it is simple. It is a chemistry equation. It is stoichiometry. It balances itself out. There isn’t too much of a reaction, and not enough product. All the catalysts are available, in excess even. It is a smooth process. It is the best team. Ever.
If you don’t know, I recently won the yellow jersey at the Merco Cycling Classic, in Merced, California. 4 stages. Amazing teamwork, and one fast time trial. I could ramble on and on how Giana, our director, gave us the flawless race tactics that secured the win. I could divulge you in the details of my sacrificial team, and their hard work to protect the jersey. I could share with you the laughter, the tears, and the raw rainy day grit that sanded out our win. Yet, to me now, it is quite simple. It was a cominbination of elements. It was rain. It was speed. It was teamwork. It was hills. It was Merco, and it became a yellow jersey along with a very heavy rock trophy. If you are science minded like I am, you will appreciate the following equation. If you are not, I will attach pictures for your reference. This weekend was a very special time for me, and I am thrilled for 2011 with this team.
Cheesy, I know. But I am happy with the start to the season. A cohesive team with great chemistry, and we are ready for the year!