When it was time to line up I was a bit nervous. Nervous to see how the training had really worked and how I would do moving up a category. When the signal was called I really made an effort to get and stay towards the front before we got into the single track. Another problem I had last year was falling off the back in the beginning and never catching up. I was about 10th into the singletrack. When we got into the real technical section of the course(which was great but muddy) a riding in front of me didn't make it up a steep incline causing me to grab the brakes hard when I was out of the saddle on the climbs myself and I slammed my knee it my top tube. So my knee is sore know and was killing me the rest of the race. As the race went I stayed pretty strong but I did fall back into a habit I have of when I come up on a slower rider I will stay on his wheel to long before going around him. I don't know why I do this but I think if I wouldn't have which I did on several occasions I would have gotten at least a couple places higher in the end. When it got towards the end of the race on the last big climb I was starting to make an attack on the guy in front of me I got a really bad cramp in my calve. This was the first time I had a cramp in a race and it surprised me. I know I didn't hydrate as well as I should have but I was still surprised. With this cramp I couldn't catch the guy in front of me and I couldn't hold off the guy behind me who ended up finishing 3 seconds before I did.
In the end I finished 8th out of 23 riders in my category. Like I said earlier not bad but not great. I do know now that I did make the right decision to move up a category and ride against stronger competition. Can't wait till the next one. Here's some picks of some friends who were also racing.
The bikes loaded up ready to roll at an early 5:45 am.
Fellow T6 Teammate Millhouse on the starting line.
Millhouse towards the end of a climb. Maning it up and running rigid on this bumpy new course.
Robb also on the end of a big climb.
Ryan rolling to his third place finish in his category. Congrats and nice job buddy.
Laundry day today.