You know how sometimes when you are undecided about doing something your expectations aren’t very high. So, it’s nearly impossible to not surpass them. And it removes some of the nervous early season pressure. That is how Saturday went in Oklahoma.
I wasn’t really planning on racing on Saturday, but got a call from Adam and ended up driving down to Tusla for a 90 minute circuit race. I’d done the race last year and was it was a field sprint. I was 2nd to Brice Jones.
This year went better. I got away early with Matt Ankeny (Mercy) and Jay Blankenship (Tulsa) super early. We rode together for nearly the whole race. I was hoping for Adam or Bill to bridge up, but we ended up getting way too far off the front. I was feeling great. I was having a hard time holding in my energy. Finally, with 10 miles to go, Matt attacked and shelled Jay. I didn’t feel comfortable starting the fireworks, but had no problem continuing them. I immediately attacked Matt and soloed in for a comfortable win. Adam and Bill came after splitting the next group. They finished 4th and 6th respectively. I can’t complain much about my form. It is nice racing early season races and not experience much pain.
Picture below is Bill attacking with 1.5 miles to go as I finish. Kind of weird.