Image: A quick low-key celebration in the tent before heading to the showers
Very happy to say that we finished and without any tears despite a long day and a huge climb. But it all led up to an exhilarating downhill with tons of jumps and spectacular vistas!! The landscape here is just breathtaking. We had planned to take more photos, but it is just too hard to stop when we are so focused on getting me to the finish line! If you want to see highlights, there are really cool videos posted each day on the JoBerg2c FB page.
Image: A very chilly start
So, today my super husband realized I was in distress early on (16km into a 125km ride!!). Basically, my lower back felt like someone was tightening it with a winch. John took my camelback and it didn't fix everything, but it definitely was the reason I was able to finish today's stage. A perfect teammate in every way.
There was also a really cool river track with loads of trees and windy singletrack, which I loved. I just wanted it to go on forever.
Near the end, we climbed a mountain with around 11km of climbing, which took a lot of sustained effort. But that was just before the downhill which made up for it!
Congrats to the rest of the Qatar contingent!! Davy, Jim, Kev & Nats (& Val!...Qatar alumnus) are smashing it!! And a shout out to all of our friends and teammates back in Doha and coach Szymon Wasiak for following the race and sharing their words of advice and support. Amazing!!
It is super cold here and will be another freezing morning, but we are hoping things will warm up as we make our way to the coast.
Thank you so much for all your supportive comments and words of encouragement (on Facebook)!! I can't tell you how much it helps! I thought of every one of you during my rides these past three days. Big love ❤️
Image: Crossing the dam that never ends! Just when you thought it was over...lol
Image: Jenn riding through the bumpy cornfields - don't be deceived...it's really bumpy - ouch!