"Yeah, it's a long drive and there are fat bike races the next two weekends."
"Are you sure?"
"I think so... Yeah, it's a shorter race. I'll plan on the longer races of the series."
"Okay. So you're sure you don't want to go to Cuyuna?"
|On my way to Cuyuna...|
Then Friday evening hit, and Danielle asked me again if I was sure that I wasn't going to go. I was at the Ada Bike Shop and everyone there encouraged me to rethink my decision just as much as Danielle did. I called Dan to receive some affirmation that staying at home was the right choice, but there's a reason why we're dating -- he said, "if you don't go do Cuyuna you might regret it all winter. Maybe you should go." Sometimes he gets me better than I get myself. Having a supportive boyfriend who didn't mind that I would disappear on a whim for a fat bike race was the last reason I needed to jump into my car (which I wasn't even sure would run for a consecutive 11 hours in a row) and to drive straight through the night to Minnesota. I stopped about 3 hours away from the race to post up in a Super 8 for a few hours. I was SO happy that the race didn't start until noon on Saturday!!!
|Pre-race layering up / layering down again at the 45NRTH tent. Matt Acker in the background.|
|So pumped to have studded tires! Photo by Ron & LeAnn Plinski|
|Scott and Chelsea are pretty cute on their own. Photo by Ron & LeAnn Plinski|
|4th overall female, 3rd in my age bracket. I LOVE THIS MEDAL.|
|Myself and Pam, photo by Ron & LeAn Plinski|
|Jenny Scott is my favorite guerrilla. Ever. Photo by Joshua Duggan|
|Quinton somehow squeaked into the studded class on his single speed All City - I got banished to the outer lane.|
Photo by Joshua Duggan
|Photo by John Holkeboer|
|Look who came to town from Salt Lake City!|
|Terra Trikes dominated the Reed's Lake Rager and proved to be the best bikes on the tiny, icy course.|
|I LOVE THESE MEDALS TOO. Maybe I'll win one next time...|