My story was one of the mid-pack rider,
unable to compete with climbers,
but ohh how capable of suffering am I !

Emakumeen Nafarroako Women's Elite Classics yesterday, a very hot, and hilly - attrition race with so many categorized climbs I didn’t even dare to count. The type of race that creates as many stories as there are riders. From the comeback win of Gigante, Mavi’s unfortunate crash in the last turn, the big team ride from EF, to the ones of smaller teams with all riders unable to finish.

My story was one of the mid-pack rider, unable to compete with climbers, but ohh how capable of suffering am I. We had lost more than half of the peloton before I realized it. My descending, my personal challenge, has improved so much! I think I even enjoyed it! (Maybe was it the relief of climbing?!)

Then I hit the wall, litteraly and figuratively, my stomach turned upside down in the heat, my head wanted to expand outside my helmet, agony that lasted several minutes, kilometers, until there was no one, no more sound. If it wasn’t for the occasional security marshalls or race arrows I’d forget I was racing. What seemed like ages later, I was joined by the last group, and we rolled together at an agony-friendly pace for the last climb.

So I guess I finished! To each their own stories, small wins and challenges.

I have never pulled out of a race and I will never.
Going through hell, once in a while, makes you tougher.
So no matter what kind of hell is in front of you, buckle up and keep going. You might just get out of it stronger

Thank you Team Farto - BTC for all the support and amazing staff

Today is a new day, new race, Navarra Women's Elite Classics, (possibly new hell) lets go

Marie-Soleil Blais, 11 mai


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