Sunday, March 30, 2014

Lost Valley Mountain Bike Race - Great Weather Shocker!

You have to start somewhere.  No matter what you do, you have to have a starting point and move forward.

I admit to being very reluctant to race this year.  For a variety of reasons:  We're having financial hardships, can't afford to get hurt again, much turmoil at home, and plain old fear of getting hurt again.  But I knew that I had to start racing sometime, and the weather was just too good to turn down the opportunity to get started off-road.

Huge crowd today.  More than 200 people showed, which is some kind of local record for this decade.  I had a great start, and hung in 4th place until the last couple of miles when I just didn't have the gas to hold off another rider.  So 5th place it was.  30+ miles and 2+ hours.  Wasn't really prepared for that, but it was vindication for suffering a long, cold winter with a broken leg.

That 5th place envelope did not come from training and good fitness.  It came from 35 years of riding and racing bikes.  I will have to get some sort of regular training going (or at least regular riding!) or I will find out pretty quickly that residual fitness and muscle memory can only take a guy so far.

Onward and upward.

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