Well, first I have a brief story. Mr. Kerkove and I headed out of Fort Collins yesterday around noon and drove down to the FR 50 venue in Lakewood. After some misdirection by the guard shack dude, we found our campsite for the night and proceeded to back into it. Long story short, an angry tree branch didn't like Jeff's bike and busted his brake lever and bent up his der hanger. So, we headed back to the fort for the replacement parts. (there is a picture of said evil tree here)
Anyway, after getting back to the venue: still laughing about the accident, we headed out for a pre-ride. Let me describe the trail this way..... if you were to type "super-fast-crazy-buff-rippin-trail" into Wicopedia: a picture of this trail would appear. 10 miles of rip-roaring single and double track with around 1000 ft of climbing/lap would make this a darn fast 50 miles.
After the pre-ride, we headed back to camp and I opted for sleeping in my hammock for the night, However the lack of trees ment that it was strung between the grill and picnic table. After dinner I crawled in for the night. However, some spotty rain kept me under my rain tarp. That is, until about 3am when winds started to whip my tarp around a lot. So, I got out and hunkered down on the ground till sunrise.
Anyway, I am quite happy with my effort. I think my total time was in the low 3:50's, and I'll update as soon as the results are posted. The course was defiantly well suited for riders with strong TT skills, and I found a few weaknesses that I'll soon be addressing in my training. Overall, I'm quite happy with my fitness for May considering my off season and sleeping on couches for 7 months....now all I have to figure out is what to race next....
Update: Final results are up here. I finished 9th in the 19-29 category with a final time of 3:51:05. However it looks like I was slightly mistaken at the two guys I was chasing down who I thought were in my group.....disyphering all the different marking on peoples legs during the race was like trying to read latin.