Tuesday, April 22, 2008

It could be better

Last weekend was the first Romanian race of the season: The Federation Cup. This is the most important XC race after the National Champs. What can I say? We went there Saturday with the rain behind us so when we arrived at Targu Mures was raining. The race course was pretty muddy but we went out there to check it out. No major surprises: mud, mud and again mud.

The weather cleared over the night and before the start was pretty hot outside. This caused (at least for me) a discomfort. However I took the start pretty good and I was in top 10 when we entered the wood and the single trail. everything went out so good for the first 3 laps even if the mud complicated everything. More than 50% of the climbs couldn't be made on the bike, so the race wasn't for the best biker, but for the best runner.

Before starting the 4th lap I started to feel my legs very heavy. This caused me more then 5 places. I knew that will be hard to come back or if it's possible to come back. I struggled and pushed myself and got on the final 3rd position at Under23. I have to say that I pretty happy with this place because physically I was so ended up in the 4th lap, but my motivation got me to the finish line.

I feel that the winter training is doing his job, even if I need a few more races to get in a better shape. I'll continue my training I'm sure that my results will improve.

Now I would like to say again a big thank you to all my sponsors that are supporting and helping me in everything I do, I would like to say a big thank you to my family and friends that are with me no matter what. A big thank you is for the guys from Cannondale who updated my frame with the 2008 Taurine, THANK YOU !

I hope that next race will be Buda Marathon, in Budapest on the 1st of May. Anyway I'll keep you updated.

Keep on pedaling,

PS. I'll upload more photos in the next days.

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