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18 May 2015: Kerry's 2nd World Cup Race - South Germany

Kerry on the climb

2nd World cup done and dusted (sort of!!) and another crazy experience in the bag!

I had to ask my sister what she thought I should post about it as I didn't want to be negative (though I feel anything but) or come away with excuses but she just said tell it like it is as your frank stories are the most enjoyable to read (haha) so....

World CUp Race Course

Last week was my first World Cup and for a first, I was happy because of the things I learnt, namely the following:

1) people go out to world cups to train for a whole week on the course, not for a whole day... noted for next time.

2) when you realise this and get up at 3am on the Friday to fly, and arrive at the course at 3pm, don't go and smash out 5 laps and tons of sessioning to catch up with everyone else... this makes you a little bit tired!

3) if you book a cheap hotel room and sleep on the ground floor... keeping the windows closed incase robbers steal your bike is probably wise, but if it means waking several times in the night in a hot sweat because of the heat, it also means you need to hydrate even more

4) dehydration and tiredness don't go well together for a pretty important race... whoops!

5) Do not be intimidated on the start line as slipping a pedal and leaving the arena last makes for a very tough race!

So with this learning in hand, I came out to Germany on the Thursday not the Friday (I had work inbetween world cups, saving my holidays for upcoming races!) for the Sunday race, I didn't do 5 hard laps as soon as I arrived and Southern Germany now has a shortage of sparkling water (haha). I also had a really good start today and moved up about 15 places and controlled my nerves well...

However I learnt something equally as important today.

1) pat on the back to me for not going crazy with my recce but I more than made up for that with my mid week gym routine...

So my good start quickly descended into chaos when I hit the first climb (have you ever tried climbing post gym?... grim) and this was compounded by the fact that a girl ahead of me came off the bike to walk down an A line before attempting it, so when I tried to get down I crashed because she was in the way.

Today I DNF'd... Did Not Finish

And weirdly I feel OK with it because I know why, and I worked really hard on my mindset to ensure the last 2 weeks were about experience and process, not outcome.

Instead of looking back and thinking "I wish I'd done x, y & z" I'm actually thinking woo, I'll now better for next time, come at me World Cup Number 3! And oddly for me, I actually feel confident about the fact that I can mix with the big lassies and I can't wait to start progressing.

Patience is the name of the game after all!

My pal Claire has been awsome, so so good having her here and joining the smallest team at the world cup! My bike from MacInnes Bros has been incredible, totally cool wheels from Jo Walters Trust and the support from Braveheart fund and Loch Duart helped me get Claire out here to support me.

Finally my awsome team Rock and Road! Wouldn't even be here without them �� legends!

By the way, Southern Germany is amazing! Such a beautiful place which I would totally recommend, we're in the Swabian Alps and I can't wait to come back and race here again next year. Lovely people, stunning countryside, beautiful castles and the food is braw too!

Kerry Macphee

 

Cycling Team
Kerry Macphee
Kerry Macphee
MTB

Kirsty Macphee
Kirsty Macphee
MTB

John Neil Mitchell
John Neil Mitchell
MTB

Paul Smith
Paul Smith
MTB

Donald MacRury
Donald MacRury
MTB

Craig McCulloch
Craig McCulloch
Road

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