23 August 2007 - 12:41My Last Race
You know that Fall is coming when the Catamount season is drawing to a close. Last night was my last race of the season, as next week, I am supporting the actual last race of the season.
It was Nat’s last race too, as he is scheduled to have kid #2 next week.
I brought out Red 5.1 for it’s second ride, and first race. I pretty much guaranteed it would rain by mounting my WTB Weirwolf LTs, and switching over to my “crusher gear” 34-19. It’s actually not that bad until you encounter steep hills of any length. I found that even standing and mashing as hard as I could, forward momentum was hard to keep. I don’t know how I made it.
I’m glad I only did 2 laps, I developed a searing stitch on my right side in the middle of my first lap that didn’t go away until the last downhill of the second lap. Ouch.
It started to sprinkle at the beginning of the second lap, but it held to that. I thought to myself “I just knew it……!”
I pretty much spent the race alone. I knew I had to be somewhere near the front, but couldn’t catch the leaders. I ended up finishing my 2 in 29 minutes, coming 3rd in my age, 7th overall.
Not too bad.