by Margo Chmelik
Greg and I were really looking forward to Cochise this year as we really enjoyed it last year. This year was even more fun being a part of a team! I only wish that I was strong enough to ride with the guys in the 95 mile.
Greg and I started our morning driving from Bisbee as we waited too long to get a room in Douglas. We were a bit late but got Greg off on time for the 95 mile. I went back to the car as I had an hour to kill before my ride started. I ended up staying there a bit too long. I only had a few minutes to spare by the time I got to the start line. Wasn't able to line up right at the front like I had planned.
On the start, I worked my way through lots of people and tried really hard to catch the lead group. Never did catch them. They were pretty speedy! I doubt I would have been able to keep up with them even if I had caught them. It would have been fun to try though!
I ended up working with two guys for the rest of the ride. They were good guys and took good care of me. They made sure that I got back on a wheel when I was done with a pull. We worked hard. After turning onto Double Adobe we had a chance to rest up a bit. Double Adobe is downhill. After spending some time with my heart rate in the 130's I asked them if they wanted to get back to work. One guy said, "don't you ever get tired?!". I was indeed tired but felt ready to get back to work. I have Buzz to thank for all of the hard intervals workouts he has had me do this year. Those really paid off!
The last few miles were hard. One of the guys I was with was able to out sprint me and the other guy with us at the finish. I told the other guy to go ahead of me because I could tell he had a bit more in the tank than I did at that point. He kindly told me, "no, ladies first." I went ahead and thanked him.
Much to my surprise, I came in 2nd place for the women! It was pretty cool as I got a big 'ol trophy. It was an awesome day and I was very proud of the work that the guys did in the 95 mile. Praise the Lord for a fun and safe day!
Margo gets 2nd!