To start the race. On Sunday I had the Panama MTB Enduro race. For the most part it's a 30 mile gravel race. I wasn't sure if I was even going to do this race originally cause of the Bone Bender 3/6 the day before but with it being postponed I had to get it in.
Ryan and I headed out to the race early to get signed in and get our bikes together. We got there a little over an hour before the race started which I like cause it gives me plenty of time to get my things together and not feel rushed. After signing in and getting ready the rest of our teammates showed up and we chatted with them while waiting to start.
When the race got underway we had about a 1 mile rollout before the race was really on. I found myself in the middle of the 93 person field which isn't exactly where I wanted to be. Of course I wanted to be up front. I eventually worked my way up and got in with the lead group and held it with them for a while before I noticed my lack of training set in. I fell back from the leaders a bit but not far. After the first checkpoint I noticed I was falling back a bit more and realized that I wasn't going to be able to hold it at the front so I kind of settled into a good pace that I thought would get me through the race. I ended up spending most of my time in no man's land inbetween the lead group and a second chase group. This being a gravel race it definetly helped to have guys to be working with taking pulls up front. It was pretty windy and was really taking a lot out of me. All race photos courtesy of Adrian O.
Hike a bike
As the race went on we started to go through a bunch of different surfaces. A little taste of singletrack here and there. A couple of minimum maintenance roads and some just through the tall grass. There were a couple spots that were unridable and we had to walk and cross some streams.
Shawn D. and me hitting some offroad section
I did learn a lot from this race and that is I really hurt myself by not eating and hydrating properly. I didn't carry enough hydration and ran out towards the end and I didn't take in enough calories and I think that really is what let on the bonk. I think that if I had taken in a gel every 30 minutes instead of 1 per hour like I did I would have ended up in better shape. Lessons learned. The key is not to let it happen again.
As for the first time out for Flatwater Cycling Team we had a good showing. The whole team all 5 of us were out there and all came in in the top 20. Shawn D. had a good showing finishing 6th. I finished 12th, Sean C. finished 13th (we came in together they just wrote me down first) Rick W. finished 16th and Ryan finished 19th. Not bad overall. I think we had a good showing.
Yesterday I headed out for a recovery spin. I decided to take out the BMC and meet up for a casual group ride with some people. I ended up having to hammer it to get to the ride on time after I got held up at home but after that it wasn't to bad but I'm still not used to riding in large groups of 20+ people and I always seemed to be wanting to go faster than the group but it was a recovery day so I guess it helped to slow me down some. When I split from the group I had the wind at my back and flew home without to much effort. After I got home it was nice to get to take the kids on our first ride of the year. Still one of my favorite rides.
Today I was getting ready to head out and Ryan called and said he was going to so we met up and decided to see if the park was dry enough to get some dirt. The park was a mix of a lot of good with some bad. We took our time going through it so that we didn't hit the soft parts and tear it up. It felt good to be back in the park but I can't wait for it to be totally dry so that we can let it fly.
A shot of the new helmet decal.
Ryan and I on the rail trail home