|Attempting to find a reason for living 60 miles into the race|
|The High Cascades 100 MTB Map, 106 miles with over 12,000 ft of climbing|
Errors from a race ego made the suffering and race time even worse for myself. I overcooked myself 3 weeks before the race and was completely overtrained, leading me to have to take time off the bike. So I came into the race with 4-5 rides in three weeks. At this point I should have changed my goal time, as I was hoping to finish between 9 and 10 hours. Instead I went out hard from the start, like I was in perfect shape and rode the first 35 miles in 3 hours sitting in the top 30. I felt great at that point. But the euphoria quickly vanished in the next 10 miles or so.
|Me jumping my bike and feeling like hot stuff with ONLY 80 + miles left to ride|
|Photo from Thom Parsons from Cycling Dirt. Read his highly entertaining commentary on his blog. I especially like his helmet-less biker story.|
The Aide Stations were so good, a cyclist aka fat kid dream foods
|Climbing the mythical last 3 mile climb to finish|
So mountain bike racing is over for the year. It is time to relax, ride for fun and drink a few Ninkasi beers. Stay tuned for some other cycling posts and the coming Cyclocross race season.