First race of the year is over with and it's good to get things rolling again. I put this one on, leading to a bit of stress and sleeplessness in the nights before the race due to multiple surprise issues popping up last minute. Regardless, Lost Valley is a pure fitness course and I am never going to be super competitive at a place like this. I wonder why I decide to use this course for my race..
The race was a roaring success, 177 racers, which is a level not achieved locally in a very long time. I don't know if it was the merging of our state series, the pent up need for speed or the sweet spring weather, but it was really cool to see a legitimate turnout at a MTB race. I certainly hope this trend continues throughout the coming months.
As for my race, I had a better start than last year and stayed locked onto the train as it raged down the Hamburg onto Lost Valley. Halfway up the initial climb, a group detached off the front and I found myself in a chase of three for the first half a lap. Through the glorious new singletrack and onto the snaking climb, I held on. Toward the end of this section, I let a little gap open and before I knew it, the 35+ experts slotted into said gap and I began losing ground. For the rest of the race, I slowed, unable to push the required heartrates on the flats. I yo-yo'ed back and forth with some people, but ultimately faded throughout the race. I ended up ninth, which I was happy with. I came to the race hoping to improve my result from last year and finish top ten. Job done. It's true that several people in front of me had mechanicals or DNF'ed, but that's part of the game. I am satisfied as my finishing time was five minutes slower than last year, but when factoring in the additional two miles of singletrack per lap, I actually rode a fair amount faster. Additionally, I feel good about the 37 minute first lap. Not so bad for my first effort of the year. Hopefully, there's no where to go but up and I'm certainly looking forward to this weekend's Rim Wrecker. There's more to come...
Friday, March 20, 2009
March has been good to me on the mileage end of things. I feel as if I'm making up for lost time, or maybe just building on the last two months. Either way, I feel that the base will be better than expected and I'm looking forward to opening it at Lost Valley on Sunday. There is mild trepidation as I am the race promoter and thus subjecting myself to more stress than is healthy in the lead up to the season opener. Cliche though it may be, this race and the Rim Wrecker are primarily training events so I shouldn't fret too much over my performance. It is difficult, though , not to hope for good results after the successes during cyclocross. Worse comes to worse, it's another long day on the mountain bike and, results aside, there's no other way I'd like to spend a Sunday... Here we go.