Well.. I will start by saying I knew I should have stayed home. I didn't know a single person who was backing out of going to the race in my circle of friends. So, I wasn't either. I kept hearing that the course drains well but the area did get about half a foot of rain this week. Hmmm.
Got to the race good and early and everyone who was already there pretty much all said the same thing. It was a piece of shit. I raced here last year and it was awesome. The trail was ripping fast and fun as hell. This year would not be the same.
I lined up(reluctantly) for the expert race knowing it was going to be ugly. When it started it was clear right from the get go just how bad it was. It was icy slick in spots, deep mud in others, deep water wholes, and very dangerous wet rocks and roots to deal with. I felt very uncomfortable on the trail. I was using tires I have never used before and was not sure if they were working or if I was just riding tight. Probably both. I almost fell I don't know how many times.
I started getting frustrated, then Scott Oglvie "ran" past me. Yeah, I was having a hard time in some spots. I held his pace for the rest of the lap until I exited the woods to start my second lap. Fuck that. I quit. That's shit was terrible. You can call me a bitch... that stuff just isn't fun to me on a MTB. Cross is a different story though. Some guys like racing in the mud. Just not sure why I guess. Its bad for the trails(Rhett's Run needs a lot of work now) and it ruins bike parts.
So, 4 1/2 hours of driving for 30 minutes of riding. Bummer. It wasn't really riding... it was survival on a bike for 5 miles. Maybe my head wasn't in it...I don't know.... I was over it real quick. I suck.
Before exiting... I have to say that Drew Black's ride Sunday was pretty awesome to watch from the sidelines. That fact that he held the gap from Breslin, Musselman, and Elwell for the last 2 laps with out loosing time was pretty incredible. Nice work Brah!
Hope my post hasn't depressed you to bad. I have a case of the Monday's.
Holla atcha boy....
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