Gear Grinder Mountain Bike race- jamestown, nd- august 18, 2013
The start line was occupied by the Epic Sports Racing Team riders. I wish I had a picture of that but I don't. Sure thing, everyone let me ride in front for the first 2 miles and when I was passed it seemed as if it was only so they see more of the "technical" section of the near double track trail. At one of the short but steep hills I felt about 50 yards behind the then-leader Dennis Kemmesat. He took advantage of the domino effect when bikers piled up behind another. Someone misjudged the proper gear to tackle the steep hill and had to get off the bike. For the next two, two and a half miles I had the highest HR recorded in the low 160s trying to slowly reduce the deficit. By the start of the first 8 mile loop (6 miles in the race) Three of us were riding on each other's wheels. I could only keep their pace for another 2 miles. My initial plan was to sit back and wait for the start of the second loop but I couldn't quite keep my horses under control. I took off and from that on my only goal was to maintain the same pace for the remainder of the race. I started tiring a bit during the last lap so the last 8 miles (mile 14-22) was a bit slower than the middle section (mile 6-14). I still ended up almost 2 minutes faster than a year ago, exactly what last year's winner rode.
Of course, this race was a not even a day after a 2 hour XTERRA triathlon and another 6.5 hours of driving. I must say I'm satisfied with how I did even though the weekend drained my reserves and its just now getting to me.
Work is also back and I'm getting ready (organizing) the 8th Annual Thunderbird Half Marathon that takes up most of my time at UTTC now. I so want it to succeed and see satisfied and smiling people leaving our campus once the awards are over.
I don't yet have official results yet but Brian came in second overall while Dennis in 4th.
It was another EPIC day!