I felt better than I expected on Wednesday nights group mountain bike ride.. cranking fairly well. I took Thursday off and then went for an easy spin Friday after work… and we headed out semi early this morning to drive to a mountain bike race. I had raced this course before.. it is tight… twisty.. and fairly gnarly.. with lots of roots rocks and ledge. It is a tough course when dry.. and it was wet.. very wet.
This is a weird race as in there are NO age classes. They separated by gender [and there was only one woman] and they have an expert class, with 4 laps.. and then a class for less than expert… doing 2. Previously that they had had a three lap option also.
I entered the 4 lapper, but I was not expecting anything.. just counting my teammates that were there I would easily be out of the "prize money". Another weird thing this year.. you did not have to decide ahead of time what you were doing.
It did mean we were all starting at once. It was wet and slippery and I decided to go with a slow start.. which meant I got stuck in traffic… but I have not mountain biked much this year and am on a new bike that I am still getting used to.. so I wanted a nice "easy" start. I moved up in placings by others attrition.. others would crash or slide off the course… or not make a section. I think I only actively passed one person.
Part way through my second lap.. nasty conditions got worse.. I was really debating if I really wanted to do four laps. If I knew I was only doing 2 I might have cranked it up a bit, but I was sort of saving something for the full 4. It was not until I got near the start/ finish that I decided to stay with a 2 lap race. It was not until I had stopped for a bit that I learned the the 4 lap race had been reduced to 3 for everyone, because of the conditions. I was sort of disappointed in that.
Although not really a big deal.
Then when they were giving out the awards, I learned I got first place in the 2 lap race.