כדימא!!!

So here’s a few updates from the past few races

Tour of Dimona (Crit, TT and RR)

The criterium started early in the morning with an epic facepalm (EFP)… (first of many for the weekend)

Can you spot the slow cameraman?

This was shortly followed by another “GET THE @#%! OUT OF THE WAY” moment staring yours truly and the same camera man on the back of a motorcycle.

We were entering a traffic circle turnaround and the motor cycle was going extremely slowly, blocking me and causing a few to brake and the inevitable crash a few guys back. EFP. #2

The rest of the race was routine, besides the massive amounts of little kids on the sidelines of the whole course, chanting “DIMONA DIMONA.” Super awesome.

Feeling very “meh” with a midpack finish I went to rest a bit before the TT.

The TT went ok, beside my lack of bibs for this race. There weren’t enough team bibs, so I had to wear these black shots. A skinsuit and aerobars (permitted for this race) would have been quite nice as well. In the end of the day I was left with a nice burn on my lower back in between the shorts and my jersey. EFP #3.  

The scenery during the TT was quite nice though.

Road Race.

We had our pre race team meeting  the  night before in Hebrew, and naturally I didn’t understand all of it. This was the first of my problems. I thought I understood the bulk of it, but I guess not. Chase down breaks without team members in them. Water from car. etc.  One think I didn’t understand was the very strong headwinds at around the 65km point in the race. This is right around I went to get water and 10 min before I was off the back.  It seemed to be going as routine, get the water from the left, a min or so until the car arrives. did a little bit of work while getting the water from the car and keeping pace. turn back to the peloton and see a 20 m gap… oh man. I pushed an average of 370W for 3 minutes, not gaining any ground on the peloton and then sadly faded without making it back into the group. Handed all the waters back to the car. EFP @!#^%!%&$ #4. Lesson learned, get better at Hebrew so I understand the instructions… oh and dont wait 2 meters behind the peloton when getting water.

In other news, Steve arrived in Israel about a week ago. We ended up racing in Ashdod this weekend. I won’t talk to much about the boring details, but it was super oily and super wet most of the race. I ate it in the first roundabout and decided to chase back on. I wasn’t hurting so bad, so I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t quit unless there was more rain or another crash.  Caught onto Steve and a few others and worked for a bit. Some ECCC tomfoolery started to show though. Steve tried to high five some people and somewhere in the mix we caught a nice picture together.

post crash #1 (Steve is happy, I am not )

After 5 more laps it started pouring again and I ate it in 2 seconds in another turn. back to the car…

This was the last race with Niv and Ran from Israel Go Pro. They are heading to Spain and Switzerland respectively to go race for a few months. I’m sad to see them go as they were really fun to race and hang out with, but maybe I’ll catch them before I go back to the states in June. I think Steve and I are on our own for the rest of the season, but I’m sure it will still be pretty cool.

Have a happy passover/easter/spring festivus…

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