Last Saturday (December 4th) my friend Isaac threw a race called December to Remember: Alley Cat Poker Run. I was pretty nervous about it, since it was my first race. It being in the high 20′s (F) that night didn’t help either.
It was pretty simple, there would be seven locations around Springfield where there would be a deck of cards, at each location you would grab a card from the deck to show you were there. At the end of the race there were prizes for first girl single speed in, first girl geared in, best hand, and the first guy in (geared and single speed). I wanted to participate to show support for my friend Isaac since this was the first race of this kind to happen in Springfield (well that I know of anyway).
There was only three girls that came to participate, my friend and I on fixed, and one girl on geared. I was pretty sure my friend would beat me since she’s a really great rider.
We received the map of the locations about 30 minutes before the race started. I wasn’t too worried about it, just figured I would do my best. When he gave us the signal I ran to my bike, dodging the huge guys racing next to me. I hopped on and went to the first location I was unsure about (had never been to the area it was in) because I just wanted to get it out of the way. I found it pretty easily and headed to the next one where I couldn’t find the deck. I decided to just not worry about it since there were at least 6 other guys trying to find it, figured they all saw I was there. So I just moved onto the next ones.
I found the rest fairly easily, except for one being under a bridge, super creepy (and I definitely didn’t feel very safe about it); but I found the deck as soon as I was about to head out of there. I rode as fast as I could back to the start. When I got there, I showed Isaac my cards and looked around. I was the first girl in!
I was super excited to win the first race I ever participated in, and got a new pair of brev handlebars! Definitely a fun race, and I had a great time. I was trying to wait to post until they posted the pics from the race but I’m too happy about it