Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Portugal Cup XCO #4 - Valongo UCI C2

Kätte jõudis suvi!
Lõpuks ka siia suvesoojus jõudnud, kraadid hüppasid kohe pea et topelt, kui nädala sees oli napilt alla 20 siis nädalavahetusel olid üle 30. Aga seda oli ilmateatest oodata, seega tegin oma kodutöö ära. Ehk ära katsetatud sõitmine kombega, kui vett peale valada, siis kleepub kenasti keha külge ja sõites tuuleiil mõnusalt jahutab. Samuti olid joogid jää sees. Ja enne hoidusin väga palavuse käes olemist, ka laupäeval käisin kohe hommikul rada vaatamas.
Rada oli tavapärasest karikasarja rajast teisel pool küngast, kus ma korra ühte regionaalvõistlust olin sõitnud, rada oli muidugi muudetud, palju lahtist kivi ja palju teravat kivi maa seest välja piilumas, mis kohe otsisid pahandust. Kaks jooksukat olid ka, kuna mägi nii loodist väljas ja kivine või lahtine kruus. Rada ei olnud just selline, et sõidad ja naudid, ehk selle kummikatkisõitmise mure kummitas koguaeg peas.
Pühapäeval sõidu ajal sõin, jõin, kastsin korralikult. Stardist minek ja mul oli raskusi Joana tagarattasse saada, terve esimese ringi oli selline 10m vahe, vahepeal tuli Lara sellise kiirusega tagant ja võttis selle väikse vahe Joanaga kinni, mul jäi suu lahti, ma seal ikka 10 m kaugusel. Kuid ringi lõpuks sain nad kätte ja ringi alustasime kolmekesi, seal tõusul nägin et Lara hakkab vahet jätma, kohe süstisin mööda ja Joana seljataha. Selle teise ringi peal sain oma hingamise tagasi ja nägin et osadel tõusudel võiksin kiiremini liikuda. Kolmandal ringil kiirendasingi enne ühe tõusu lõppu ja sain mööda. Kolmanda ringi lõpusirgel oli meil ehk 10m vahet, kuid siis see hakkas kasvama. Neljandal ringil ühel laskumisel sain ühele ringiga aeglasemale järele täpselt lõpus kus oli kurv ja kurvi laiemalt võttes oli seal lahtist kiviklibu kus kaotasin juhitavuse ja olingi pikali, päris korralik mats, kiiresti üles, pudel ka korvi, lenks tagasi sirgeks ja minek, ise veel vaatasin tagasi, ega Joana mu maas vedelemist ei näinud. Siis edasi. Viimasel, viiendal ringil suutsin ühes kivises sektsioonis veel külje maha panna, proovisin ehk liiga ettevaatlikult minna ja oligi tulemuse käes. Aga siis veel paar tõusukest ja laskumist ja sain käed üleval finishis olla. Hea meel!
Aitäh teile!










The summer arrived!
Finally the warm days arrived here too, the degrees jumped almost double, when during the week it still was just almost 20, then weekend was over 30. But this I had anticipated looking at the forecast, so I was prepared. The tested way to use skin suit, when poring water on it, it sticks to the skin and while riding the air cools it. Also drinks on ice. And before I avoided to spend time in the heat, also Saturday went the earliest possible to check the course.
The usual Valongo Portuguese cup course was this time moved to other side of hill, I had been once racing a regional race there. Of course the track was changed, lots of loose rocks and sharp rocks peaking from the ground, looking for trouble. Also to run sections up hill, as it was too steep with rocks or loose ground. The course wasn't exactly very enjoyable, but probably also the puncture possibility lurked in the head.
Sunday during race I ate, drank and watered myself properly. When we went off from the gun I had trouble to take Joana wheel, almost all first lap I was like 10 m behind, at some point Lara came behind with such a power and went straight to Joana wheel, I was just like what! still at 10 m from them. But by the end of the lap I caught up with them and we started the second lap 3 together. At the first climb Lara started to leave a gap and I reacted immediately . During the second lap behind Joana I got my rhythm and I could feel I can go a bit faster at some climbs, so on the third lap at one climb I sprinted and at the finishing straight I had like 10 m of gap. This started to grow. At fourth lap after one long descend I caught up with a slower rider who was lapped and I had to take the wider way around the corner, I had too much speed for the loose ground and I crashed hard, I picked up my bike, bottle, straightened the steering and peeked back if Joana had seen that I was on the ground, but no, and off I went. And on fifth lap I managed to crash again at one rocky place, I guess I tried to go a bit more cautious and that was the result. But I went on, few more climbs and descends and I could finish hands held high. I am happy!
Thank you!


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Playing Russian roulette..

(Seekord midagi teistsugust ja vaid inglise keeles, järgmine nädal jälle rohkem võistlustest ;))

Imagine something like this.
So you are waiting in a line at the grocery store, the line is kinda long and you are in a kinda hurry. But you don’t really care that other people are there same as you, maybe some have more time, maybe some are in a hurry too, maybe some just came to chat with the cashier. Well you just don’t care what other people are doing there, you just want to get to the cashier first. So you bought a gun and you have one bullet in it, so you pull it out and play Russian roulette with the people in line in front of you, just to save some time of yours, it doesnt really matter if you drop your bags at the door and lose the time either way, you just dont care that others have the same right to make their grocery shopping, most of the pulled triggers are blank anyway so you dont really intend to hurt anyone, you just dont care.. 
Now imagine how you would feel if someone pointed the gun at you in that line. Scared right! You wished you wasn’t at that line, in front of that lunatic, and now you just hope that it’s the blank (s)he will trigger. And then it is a blank..uff what a relief, all the adrenaline that rushes through the body, the relief that you are still alive. When the lunatic is out of site or has put the gun away, you will feel angry, like who is (s)he to play with your life!! You have the same right to be at the line, no matter how much hurry (s)he is in, all of it doesn’t matter, to win some seconds or minutes that lunatic has no right to play with your life! 

So which side are you on? 
I guess most of you wait patiently at the line, because it is NOT OK to threaten others just to skip some places and minutes waiting in the line even if you had a gun or bigger muscles or something to threaten with. And it takes mental issues to pull something like this, right?!

Well now let’s put this to real life in real situations that do occur each and every day somewhere in the world. 

Because this is how I feel quite often when I go for a road ride! There is some lunatic playing Russian roulette with me, for what?! Like today I had two drivers who just didn’t care, and the most irritating thing today was that one I saw some kilometers later just parked at the road side, the driver in, looking at his phone, the other one just turned some hundreds of meters later to home gate and waited for the gate to open. Like really?! I had the rush of adrenaline of being still alive, then the anger, but well you were in such a hurry that others don’t matter. And really -  you pulled a blank, it didn’t even harm anyone, all are still alive. So why would it matter?! Because it is NOT OK . And one day it will be that one bullet that circles in the gun. Only then you care?! When it affects you?! 
Well I have been through so many moments of “uff I am still here, in one piece” so many times and it really irritates me, so if you see me waving the middle finger, well it’s the anger feelings going through my body, if I could I would literally punch the driver in the face, the lunatic has no right to play with my life!

So please all my friends here, not all of you are cyclists and not all of you know how it feels, just care for others, the seconds will pass in standing at the lights or being stuck in traffic anyway, just take care you don’t play with the life of others, sometimes not even realizing how it feels or how dangerous it can be when a car passes a cyclist less than a meter away with more than 40km/h difference. It could take just a small stone or a hole in the ground or the blow of the wind or slight miscalculation to turn things bloody.

I know I have a guardian angel somewhere watching over me, because I have escaped the bullet so many times, but it’s really crazy that I need to feel all those extreme emotions just waiting in line at the grocery store…

Monday, June 4, 2018

XCO Ribeira de Pena UCI C2

Paar aastat tagasi toimus seal Portugali karikasarja etapp ja teadsin, et rada on seal lahe, looduslikult kivine, vaid paar ehitatud kohta, mitte ülitehniline, aga selline sujuv ja voolav kui kiiresti sõita, nende kivide ja puude vahel, Ka üles mäge kivine, samas mitte väga järsk, no täpselt selline rada, mida sõidad ja on huvitav ja tore.
Laupäeval rada sõites oli naeratus suul ja ka enesetunne hea, kuigi ehk natuke seljavalu varjutas olemist.
Tegemist oli üksiku sõiduga, kuhu tiimiga ei läinud, need kes tahtsid sõitsid. Seega oli mõnus rahulik laupäeva pärastlõuna, kus ei tundunudki et oleks võistlus järgmine päev.
Kui laupäeval oli kena ilm, siis pühapäeval oli seenevihmane ja jahe, juuni kohta ikka tõesti jahe, 13 kraadi kandis. Võistluspaika jõudes oli ka programmis muudatus toimunud, arst kes pidi kohal olema, ei saanud eriolukorra tõttu tulla ja toodi teine kohale, kuid see tähendas tunniajalist võistluse edasilükkamist, ilma arsti kohalolekuta starte ei anta.
Keskpäeval saime siis rajale, esimese ringi viiest sõitsime Joanaga koos, alguses tema ees, siis mina, tundsin et sellisel rajal tahan oma sõidusujuvusega seal rajal sõita ja kiirendasin enne ühte laskumist, et oma trajektoore sõita täpselt nii kiiresti kui mina soovin. Teisel ringil sain väikse vahe sisse ja nii see vaikselt iga ringiga suurenes. Super on sellisel rajal sõita, päris valusalt andis selg tunda, kuid surusin selle valu maha ja andsin jalgadele tuld ja nautisin rada.
Jeppiiii seega juba kolmas nädalavahetus kõrgemail poodiumi kohal, õnnelik!
Aitäh Filipele, kes mind rajal jootis ja ergutas, ja kõigile teile, kes te minu tegemisi toetate ja jälgite :)

P.s kui eelmine nädal läks dopingukontroll kiiresti, siis seekord ootasin 2h et 90ml uriini kätte saada, õnneks oli ootesaalis vaade aknast rajale ja vähemalt väga igav ei olnud, aga samas tüütu. Aga no vähemalt enne meeste võistluse lõppu sain ikka tehtud.














Few years back there had been Portuguese Cup in Ribeira de Pena, so I knew that track is fun there, naturally rocky, few built parts, but not too technical, but that kind of smooth and flowy when you ride fast between the rocks and trees. Also uphills rocky, but no too steep, exactly that kind of track which is interesting and fun to ride.
Saturday riding on track there was smile on my face and felt good, maybe a bit my backpain was laying a shadow on the feeling.
It was a separate race which the team didnt go, everyone who wanted went. So I had a very nice and relaxing Saturday afternoon, didnt really feel like there was a race the next day.
Saturday had been nice and sunny, Sunday was light rain and cool, for June way too cool, around 13 degrees. Arriving to the race place and there was a change in the program, the doctor who had been signed to be there had emergency situation and they had to bring another, which met for us 1h delay in the program, as there was no race without a doctor´s presents.
Midday we got underway, first lap I rode with Joana, first behind and then I sprinted to get ahead and have my flow and speed on the track and go my lines as I wanted them. In the second lap out of five, I got a little gap that which each lap started to grow a bit. Its so nice to ride on a track like that, my back hurt quite a bit, but I forget about it and enjoy riding.
Wuhuuu already third weekend in a row I am standing on top of the podium, happy!
Thanks to Filipe for giving me bottles and cheering for me, also everyone else who is supporting and cheering for me :)

p.s if last weekend it was fast in the anti-doping control, then this time I took 2h to make 90ml pee, luckily the waiting room had window to the track, so it was not too boring, but still annoying. But at least I got out from there before men finished their race.


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Portugal Cup - Road #4/#5 - Gouveia

Sel aastal mul tegelikult maantee võistlusi plaanis ei olnud, kuid samas olin öeldnud, et kui mul võistlusvaba nädalavahetus ja tiimil abi vaja, siis võin kaasa teha.
Seega tegingi möödunud nädalavahetusel kaasa, et aidata tiimil võita üldarvestus, meil oli vaja saada mõlemal päeval tiimide arvestuses esikoht, see nii ka läks ja meie tiim on taaskord Portugali maantee karikasarja võitja.
Laupäeval oli eraldistart, enne juba ütlesin, et ärgu sel päeval väga midagi lootku, varustust mul polnud, siiski treeningutest erinesin selle poolest, et nädalavahetuseks panin teise kiivri, enduro kiivriga ei läinud. Aga jah tean, et minu maantee ratas pole just mis teab mis hea võidusõitudeks.
Eraldi pole mulle just kunagi sobinud, aga ma proovisin nii hästi sõita kui oskasin ja väga halvasti ei kukkunudki välja, jäin kahe sekundi kaugusele poodiumist.
Pühapäeval oli grupisõit, Gouveias ikka natuke mäge ka, meil oli neli ringi, ring lõppes hea tõusuga finishisse. Mul oli kuidagi väga kerge päev, kahel esimesel ringil sõitsime koos, kui mäge võtsime, siis paljud hingeldasid ümber ringi, ma hingasin täiesti rahulikult, kohe imelik oli. Kahel viimasel ringil ma natuke kiirendasin ka mäe peal, viimasele minnes pudenes rahvast maha ja jätkasime kolmekesi, kus üks väga tööd teha ei tahtnud/tohtinud (treener karjus seda autost), seega selline pooletoobine sõitmine, finishi tõusul kiiredasin natuke ja saingi käed kõrgel finishi ületatud. Pigem tundus selline aktiivne puhkepäev kui võistluspäev.
Natuke üllatav oli selline tunne, samuti kuna nädal möödus mul väga vaevaliselt, kõhu sain korda alles neljapäevaks ja seljavalud kimbutasid samuti, ehk et mingit trenni ma väga teha ei saanudki.
Nüüd tundub, et saan tavarütmis jätkata.
Aitäh kõigile ja sel pühapäeval uuesti xco-d sõitmas.














This year I didnt plan to ride road races, but I had said to my team that if they need my help and I have race free weekend I can go and help them.
So I rode the last two cup races this past weekend, they needed to win the team classification on both days to win the overall team classification. And so we did, my team is once again the winner of Portugal Road Cup series.
Saturday was individual time trial, I had said before that they cannot expect nothing much of me, I didnt have any equipment for time trial, although I did change my helmet for the weekend and didnt go with my normal enduro one. And I knew my road bike is good enough for trainings, but a bit underclass for racing. But either way I gave it all on timetrial and it didnt go too bad, I was just 2 seconds off the podium.
Sunday was road race, Gouveia has some climbing, we had 4 laps and each one ended with nice climb to the finish line. I had an easy day, two first lap we mostly rode together, on the climb others started to breath more heavy, but I still was feeling easy, it was so strange. Last two laps I went a bit faster on the climb, going for the last lap, some got droped and we continued 3 of us, from that one didnt want/wasnt allowed (team director screamed from the car), so the break didnt really work between us, I just had to go a bit faster in the last climb and that was it, I could finish hands up in the air. It felt more like an active rest day than a race day.
It was surprising to feel as I did, as also I had had an awful week, I only got my stomach well again on Thursday and struggled all week with back pain again, so I didnt really got any trainings done.
Now it seems I can continue training normally.
Thank you everyone and this Sunday back racing xco.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Portugal Cup Enduro #3 - Lousa

Ufa kus oli alles võitlus enesega!
Teadsin, et mind ees ootavad lahedad rajad ja pikk võistlus, laupäeval jõudsime Lousasse ja seal oli päris palav, seda siis eriti kõigi kaitsmetega. Kuid trenn läks hästi ja rajad super.
Peale õhtusööki hakkasin end kehvasti tundma, ei osanud väga arvata, mis võiks olla, kas päevasest palavusest peavalu ja naistevärgist kõhuvalu, kuid öösel läks asi täitsa käest. Ärkasin mitu korda üles, et minna vetsu, kõht oli lahti ja ka oksendasin. Hommikul sama värk, söömisest ei maksnud rääkida, kuna vaid jutu peale tahtis midagi kurku tõusta. Aga ega ma sellepärast siis starti minemata ei jätnud.
Kell 9.53 oli mul start ja viimase lõigustardiaeg oli 14.13. Otsustasin proovida ja anda endast parima isegi kui pole energiat ja paha on olla.
Esimese lõigu starti oli meil natuke vaja mäkke ronida, ei olnud just mõnus, jõudsin umbes 15min enne oma starti kohale, sain natuke hinge tõmmata, kuid enesetunne oli kehva, panin korraliku oksenduse maha.
Kogu võistlus läks põhimõtteliselt mööda enesega võideldes, proovides unustada kuidas enesetunne, laskumistel lootsin vaid et kätes ja jalgades on energiat et mitte kukkuda, pedaalimiskohtades tundsin, et energiast jääb vajaka, aga no tegin mis suutsin. Igas lõigus oli mu ka vaja leida hea möödumusvõimalus mu eest startinud naisega, päris palju oli vaid singlit, kus nii mõneski lõigus oli selliseid et lihtsalt polnud võimalust teed anda, kas sein ja rada ja kuristik, kuid õnneks ta proovis alati kohe anda kui võimalus avanes.
Peale kolmandat lõiku oli pikk tõus neljandasse, tõsiseselt raske oli, ma olin tühi, olin proovinud natuke beebipüree pakki süüa ja väikse ampsu batoonist võtta, kuid see oli ka kõik, mis sisse olin suutnud pressida.
Kuid üks teadmine andis mulle selle energia, et jätkata. Mul oli nii nii kehva olla, et hullemaks oleks seda suutnud teha vaid teadmine, et ei lõpetanud sõitu. Seega nii kaua kui mul veel teadvus olemas, alla ma ei anna. Vahepeal hakkas juba kõrvus kumisema, kuid õnneks vaibus.
Peale finishisse jõudmist aitasid mind palju mu tiimikaaslased, kes pakkisid ratta ja tassisid kotte. Käisime ööbimiskohas pesemas ja siis tagasi finishipaika. Olin rohkem kui veendunud, et sellise enesetundega juba võistlust ei võideta, kuid ega lootus vaibub viimasena, kui ma nägin tulemuste lehte, tulid mul pisarad silma (isegi nüüd kus seda kirjutan tulid). See oli nii hull võitlus, mille ma enesega seal rajal läbi elasin ja siis veel võita!
Aitäh kõigile !

Nüüd tagant järgi olen päris kindel, et midagi mis ma sõin laupäeva lõunaks, tekitas mul selle reaktsiooni, kuna ma nägin seda sööki pühapäeval. Pühapäeva õhtu oli veel jube olemine, kuid nüüd juba olemine palju parem.

Ja olen taas Enduro karikasarja liider! Isegi kui mul see üks etapp vahele jäi, siis punktisüsteem ja juhuste kokkulangemisega, olen taaskord liider!







Wow, that was a race within!
I knew some cool tracks and long day of racing was awaiting for me in Lousa. We arrived Saturday and it was hot, especially with all the equipment on. But the training went well and tracks were super.
After dinner I started to feel bad, I didn’t know what to think, if the headache was from the heat and the stomach ache from period, but at night time it all went worse. I woke up several times to go to toilet, I had diarrhea and I vomited. It continued in the morning, eating was out of the question, as just to think about it made me feel something in the throat. But that did not stop me going for the start. My start was 9.53 and last stage start 14.13. I decided to try and give my best even when not feeling well and with no energy.
To the start of first stage we had a nice climb, which was not with nice feeling for me, I arrived about 15 minutes before my start to rest a bit, but my feelings were so bad, I vomited a lot.
All the race was mainly fighting with myself, trying to forget my feelings and sensations, on the downhills I just hoped my arms and legs have enough energy so I would not crash, on pedaling parts I felt I was not pushing, no energy, but I gave what I got. In every stage I also needed to find a good spot to pass the woman who started in front of me. As we were mostly on single tracks and some stages had literally no space, wall-path-cliff, but she did her best also to give me way when possible.
After the third stage to the fourth there was a long climb, it was so tough, I was so empty, I had tried to eat some babyfood package and bite a bit of energy bar, but that was it.
But one thing gave me the energy to continue. I was feeling so so bad, that only the knowledge that I didn’t finish the race could have made it worse. So until I had my consiuos I would not give up. At some point the ears started to buzz, but luckily it went away.
After I got to the finish my team mates helped me a lot, to pack the bike and carry bags. We went to the accommodation took shower and then back to the finish area. I was more than convinced that with these feelings you don’t win a race, but hope dies last. And when I saw the results, I had tears in my eyes (even had when I wrote it down here). It was such a tough fight that I had had on the course and then to win!
Thanks to everyone!

Now I am quite sure that something that I ate at lunch time on Saturday was causing the problem, as I saw it coming back up on Sunday. Sunday evening was horrible as well, but now I am starting to feel better.

And I am once again leading the Portuguese Enduro Cup! Although I missed one event, then the points system and some other riders missing some events, I am once again the leader!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Portugal Cup XCO #3 - Fundao UCI C2

XCO avastart ka lõpuks hooajale antud!
Fundao on juba mitu aastat sellise kehvamaitsega lõppenud, sel aastal olin täiesti sihikindel, et sel korral läheb kõik hästi ja läksin püüdma poodiumi kõrgeimat kohta.
Laupäeval rajaga tutvudes oli positiivne, et nad olid rada parandanud, nii mõnigi otse üles (mõni ka jooksukas) oli asendatud uute siksak-singlitena. Natuke oli ka parandustega liiale mindud ja osad laskumised liiga kiirteeks silutud, aga muidu tiptop rada, kus oli lahe sõita. Paar xco mõistes hüpet oli ka, kus minu jaoks oli ehk probleem, et liiga kiirelt hüppesse ei läheks ja maanduks ikka kallaku peal ja mitte "flatil". Kolmemeetrine kiviaed oli ka nagu iga aasta, seal nagu ikka pigem rahulikult kindla peale, et mitte paari terava kivi juures kummi või muud materiali lõhkuda.
Peale treeningut rajal käis veel mõte peast läbi, et ohoo selg ei valutanudki, nädala sees tuli mul alaseljavalu väga valusalt tagasi, nii et astudagi raske. Kahjuks hakkas selg laupäeva pärastlõunal oma kompse hotelli tassides taas valutama. Öö möödus raskelt, küll selja pärast küll muude faktorite pärast, kuid põhimõtteliselt oli üks halvemini magatuid öid, mis mul olnud on. Kordagi ei vajunud sügavasse unne. Hommikul üles tõustes käis küll mõte peast läbi, et mis ma siin teen, et peale sellist ööd tahtsin vaid koju ja magama.
Kuid hommikusöögile minnes tundusid jalad üllatavalt kerged, seega kõik ei olnud kadunud ja rohkem olnud ööle ei mõelnud ja suunasin oma mõtted kõik, et võistluseks oleks kõik valmis.
Stardist minema, sain Joana kannul kuni poole ringini, siis tuli kerge vahe sisse ja varsti hakkasid juuniormehed tagant tulema ja selline konkreetne silmside temaga kadus, kuid pingutasin ja raja singleid nautisin. Tundsin end hästi ja aina paremini, mingil hetkel hakati hüüdma, et vaat Joana kohe ees ja hakkasin osadel tagasipööretel ka nägema. Oli võistlus kuni finishijooneni.
Selline võistlus mulle meeldib, kuigi seekord väljusin sellest teisena, siis siiski jäi sellest aastast Fundaost head mälestused ja positiivsed emotsioonid, kuidas tundsin end xco rajal pingutades.
Täna füsio juurde ja proovime seljahädad seljatada :D
Aitäh kõigile kaasaelajatele ja toetajatele ja suured kallid emale, eile küll ei saanud võitu kinkida, kuid super emotsioonid ikkagi! Peale võistlust paljud teistest tiimidest ka õnnitlesid, mitte võidu vaid sõidu eest :)






Finally started the XCO season as well!
Fundao has ended so many years with this bad taste, so this year I was so determined that it will all go well and I went to race for the win.
On Saturday course check I was pleasantly surprised, they had improved the track, many straight ups (some running parts) had been made with ridable new zigzag singles. They had even gone too far with the improvements and some downhills had been patted into highways, but nevertheless it’s nice track and fun to ride. Couple of jumps (xco meaning), where for me the problem was not to go too fast and land too far on the flat. As always the 3meter rockgarden was still there, like always there is better go a bit cautious not to get flat or destroy some other material on the sharp stones at the bottom.
After training I even got to thinking wow my back was all good, during the week I started to have some very bad lower back pain, at times it was even hard to walk. Unfortunately my back started to ache again while carrying the bags to the hotel. The night passed slow, I could sleep well because of back and other factors, it was one of the worst nights I have had. Never really fall into deep sleep. When I had to get up I was like what am I doing here, I just want to go home and go to bed.
But going to breakfast my legs seemed still fresh so not all was lost and from that moment on I only focused on the day ahead and getting ready for the race.
From start I followed Joana until middle of first lap then she got a little gap, the junior boys soon started to catch us and I lost eye contact with her, but I kept pushing and enjoying the singles. I felt better and better and at some point people started to shout that oh look Joana is just some corners away and I started to see her again in some switchbacks. It was a race until the finish line.
I like this kind of racing, although I lost the battle, then I took only good emotions from this year´s race in Fundao, I felt good pushing myself on xco track.
Today I will visit physiotherapist and will try to fix the back problems.
Thank you cheerers and supporters and big hugs to my mom, yesterday I couldn’t get the win for her, but super positive emotions still! After the race many from other teams congratulated me, not for the win but for the race. :)


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Portugal MTB tour - 2018 UCI S1

Taaskord Portugal MTB tuur sõidetud! Raske nagu alati, kuid head mälestused nendest päevadest.
Kohe esimesest korrast kui ma seda tuuri sõitsin, lummas mind ja teeb seda siiani, just see, et sõidad paarilisega. Kas on parem päev või kehvem päev, alati läheb see jagamisele. Jagasin taaskord neid päevi Greetega.
Proloog - 6 km 139 tõusumeetriga
1. etapp - 79 km 1850 tm
2. etapp - 86 km 2500 tm
3. etapp - 96 km 3150 tm
4. etapp - 25 km 800 tm
5. etapp - 70 km 1800 tm
Proloogi sõit oli huvitav ja silmad lahti sõites oli kahes kohas võimalik kurvid otseks sõita, tähendab et ettesõidetud rada läks kurviga, aga linte polnud, seega sai ilusti nad sirgeks sõidetud. Kuna meile sai liidrisärk selga vaid ühe sekundiga, siis eeldavasti just sealt see tuligi, kuna rada läbi sõites väga paljud silmi lahti ei teinud.
Järgnevad kolm etappi olid minu jaoks rasked, kindlasti tegi vaimselt raskemaks ka teise tiimi eest minek, hoidsin oma tempot ja kannatasin nii nagu oskasin. Valusamaks tegi need sõidud veel joogikoti kandmine, mingitel hetkedel oli alaselg nii valus, et ei suutnud mõelda pedaalimisele vaid seljavalu kannatamisele. Teisel etapil kaotas Greete esikumm õhku ja nii mõnigi kord pidi ta selle täispumpamiseks seisma jääma, aga kuna see kaotas suhteliselt vaikselt õhku, siis polnud mõtet aega raisata sisekummi panemisega. Kolmandal etapil kui olin veel täiesti kindel, et suudame ehk esimesele paarile konkurentsi pakkuda, läks esimesel pikal järsul tõusul Greete kett kasseti ja kodarate vahele ja kiilus nii korralikult kinni, et kartsin tõmmates ta ratta käikari küljest ära tõmmata. Seal niimoodi olles, tahtsin lihtsalt maha istuda ja öelda, et mina edasi ei lähe, iga aasta on minu tiimil mingi jama, tundus, et mul on mingi needus peal, et see ei saa ju jälle minuga juhtuda.
Kuid võtsin teiste innustusel ennast kokku, keerasin keti lahti, tõmbasime ta sealt suure pingutusega lahti ja panin keti lüliga kokku. Ja sõitsime edasi, kuna olime palju aega kaotanud, siis eesmärk oli finishisse jõuda ja seda vähemalt teise tiimina. Õnnestus.
Neljas etapp oli rohkem xco sõidu moodi, stardis ilma kotita ja minu jaoks emotsionaalselt hingelähedasem. Rada eelmise aastaga põhimõtteliselt sama, seega pingutus meeles. Jõudu jalgades oli ja laskumisi sai nautida. Hea oli roosadel särkidel eest libiseda. Saime võidu! 
Viies etapp algas kohe järsu mäega, kus jalad sai kohe pakuks. Kuid palju oli tuttavaid radu, mida ma Vouzela kandis sõitnud olen, palju suurte kividega laotud lõike, mis kõik tegid raja tuntavalt tehnilisemaks, mis mulle jälle meeldis, mäkkegi minnes huvitavam. Otsustasime ka kottideta minna ja igas toidupunktis peatuda, et joogipudeleid täita, päris janu oli vahepeal, kuid siiski paar kilo kergem liikuda. Kui alguses olid roosad särgid eest libisenud, siis enne poolt maad olid nad meil kinni püütud ja maha jäetud, nüüd oli vaja vaid lõpuni kannatada, et võidukalt lõpetada. Viisteist kiltsa enne lõppu tuli ootamatult järsk kurv lahtise kruusaga, kus Greetel libises ratas alt ja peale kriimude sai ka ratas kergelt kannatada, kuid sai sõita. Ja siis viis kilta enne lõppu ühel järsul tõusul hüppas ta kett jälle kasseti ja kodarate vahele, meil polnud aimu kui kaugel teised olid seega pidime kiiresti tegutsema, kuna ta käikar oli juba kannatada saanud, siis minu mõte oli et hoian nii kõvasti kinni käikarist ja sikutame ketti kuni ta vabaneb, kuna lahti ma seda uuesti teha ei tahtnud. Õnneks saime kätte ja jalgadele valu!
Saime ka viimase etapi võidu!
Kokku oli meil võistlusaeg nende päevadega 21h26min44sek.
Suur aitäh Greete! Me kogesime raskeid hetki, kriitilisi momente, aga meil oli ka lõbus ja toredaid hetki ning palju positiivseid emotsioone. Need viimased kaaluvad kõik muu üle ja mul on väga hea meel, et Portugal MTB tuuri saime koos kogeda, WE ARE AWESOME!
Aitäh kõigile kaasaelajatele ja toetajatele ilma teieta ei oleks see võimalik olnud!
























Once again Portugal MTB tour is done! Hard as always, but good memories from the days. From the first time I rode it, the fact that it is for doubles fascinated me and still does. Better days or worse days they always are shared with your partner. Like last year I shared them again with Greete.
Prologue - 6 km 139 high meters
1. stage - 79 km 1850 hm
2. stage - 86 km 2500 hm
3. stage - 96 km 3150 hm
4. stage - 25 km 800 hm
5. stage - 70 km 1800 hm
Prologue was interesting and checking the course with open eyes, there was two corners that we could ride straight, I mean the track on the ground made a corner, but as there were no tapes then we could cut them. And as we won the leader jersey by one second I guess it was from there, because when we were practicing I didn’t see many people opening their eyes.
Next three stages were hard for me, also it made it mentally hard to see the other team ride away from us. It was even more painful with the drink on my back, at some points on the stages I literally couldn’t think of pedaling because the back pain shut my brain. On the second stage Greete front tire lost some air and she had to stop couple of times to pump it up, but as it did lose slowly it was not point of losing time by putting in a tube. On the third stage when I was still sure that we might get closer to the pink jerseys, on one steep climb Greete was trying to fix something after a corner. The chain had got stuck between the cassette and spokes, and so hard that it seemed impossible to get it out. I was afraid to pull too hard as then we could damage the derailleur. At that moment there I just wanted to stop and not continue, every single year my team has technical problems, I felt like jinxed, how was it possible to happen to me again! But with the encouragement of others I collected myself, I opened the chain to have clear from damage of the derailleur, we pulled hard to get the chain free and then I mounted the chain again with the link. And we rode on, as we had lost a lot of time, the goal was to make a safe way to the finish and at least finish second. Which we did.
Fourth stage was more of a xco, and started without drink bags and for me emotionally it was so much more closer to heart. Track was basically the same from last year, so the effort was known. I felt energized and had fun going down. It felt good to get away from the pink jerseys. We got the win!
Fifth stage started straight with a climb, where the legs exploded. For me there were many track that I have ridden in Vouzela area, lots of roman big stone paths, which made it much more technical and for me more enjoyable, even the climbs were more interesting. We decided to go without drink bags and stop at every feed zone, sometimes I felt thirst, but it was so much lighter to move. If at first the pink jerseys had gone in front, then by the middle of the stage we had caught them and left them behind. Now all we had to do was suffer until the end to finish in first. Fifteen kilometer before finish there was one unexpected corner on lose ground and Greete front wheel escaped and she crashed. She got some scratched and also bikes was a bit damaged, but we could continue. And then five kilometers to go, on last very steep climb the chain jumped again between the cassette and spokes. We didn’t know how far were the other girls, so we had to act fast. As the derailleur had gotten damaged a bit in the crash then my idea was to hold on to it as hard as possible while were pulled the chain as I didn’t want to take it to pieces once again. We managed to pull it out and then all out until the finish!
We got the last stage win also!
We had been racing for 21h26min44sec.
Thank you so much Greete! We had hard times, we had critical times, but we had also funny times, good times and positive emotions. And the latter overrule everything, I am very happy to have spent the amazing Portugal MTB tour with you, WE ARE AWESOME!
Thanks to all the cheerers and supporters, without you we wouldn’t have done it!