The two weeks from Joe Martin to Quad Cities went pretty much like the rest of the spring has went. I was super beat up from falling and then the sinus infection thing came back. I was laying low, trying to regroup for the memorial day weekend when another mishap occured. I stepped wrong getting out of my car and twisted my left knee. It swelled up like a grapefruit. I iced it about 6 hours a day for 3 days and finally went to the orthopedic surgeon. He stuck a needle into the side of it and sucked out about a half a cup of horrible looking murky stuff. I said I needed a MRI and that I’d torn my medial menescus and needed to get it cleaned up. I did the MRI on Thursday, but couldn’t get the results before leaving Friday. I called a friend of mine that is a radiologist and he pulled a few strings and got me the results.
And the results were….I jumped into my car at 7am and headed up to Iowa. I hadn’t ridden for 7 out of the previous 10 days and had a swollen knee, but it is nearly impossible for me to pass up the Quad Cities weekend.
Anyway, things went mediocre. For me, but as a team, our results were super good. Maybe less than expected though. A couple years ago we won 3 out of the 4 races, so my expectations were probably too high. Brian Jensen was on pretty good form and ended up finishing 2nd, 1st, 2nd the last three days. He was 8th on Friday. I was 6th Friday 11th at Snake Alley, 11th again in Muscintine and 7th yesterday in Rock Island. My form went from feeling stellar to feeling horrible. Sometimes all within a couple laps of the same race. But, I’m sure I pickup up some form and lost some weight.
Catherine Walberg finally got the Rock Island monkey off her back and won on Monday convincingly. That was fun observing.
We didn’t get back until nearly 4 am because Adam Mills had to spend a few hours getting stitched back together after dinner in Iowa City. He had fallen with about 10 laps to go in Rock Island and was all wrapped up when we stopped to eat. I looked under one of the bandages and realized he needed to go to the hospital. So, we went over to the Mercy Medical Center and hung for awhile. They sponsor the Iowa City Team. You have to support sponsors of bike racing. More hospitals should be involved in the sport it seems.