I headed up to Peterson Pits this morning for the Vieshea XC race. The weather was looking great for a day of racing. I met up with Jubil and we rode a lap to warm up. Each lap was only a little over 2 miles in length and real flat, making for a super fast race. I was racing expert which ment I had to ride 7 laps, let the suffering begin.
The gun went off at noon and I hit the singletrack in 8th place. I moved up a spot or two in the first few minutes and then worked on settling in. The lead group was staying together real nicely. We all rode in a tight line for the first 2 laps at a real fast pace. During the 3rd lap, the first two guys rode to a 30 second lead or so and I was stuck on second wheel in the chase group. I rode with this guy from
Cranking along about 2 min into the race. The sport guy who I
would eventually follow is sitting on my wheel.
If I would have known that I was following the lead sport guy I would have made a bigger effort earlier on to catch the lead guys, but he was cranking along at a good pace. Rumor had it that the first and second place sport guys came down from expert to race sport for the day. I don't know if it's true, but the both were flying and had a huge lead on the 3rd place sport rider...Jubil. I was happy with my effort, even though I messed up a bit on my strategy. I finished in a little over an hour with a max heart rate of 201 at the finish, and an average of 187 for the whole effort. I'm trashed to say the least. Good race though...Peace