Jun 30, 2010

Mid season race recap

Logged on to blogger today to find a myriad of new and exciting options for me to play around with. Maybe it will motivate me to post regularly though I doubt it. All work and no play has definitely been taking it's toll on my riding and racing. Without further ado here is my mid-season race recap:

Bonebender 3/6 Hour -- 2nd 6 hour solo singlespeed, 11th overall.
Despite the threat of rainy weather that comes with putting on an April race, conditions could not have been better. I like my trails like I like my women — fast and tacky.

Speaking of which, here I am with the little lady...
Syllamo's Revenge -- 6th U29, 9th singlespeed, 36th overall
In spite of the torrential downpour and threat of impending tornado-deth, the Bad Goats had a good showing. Can't say I cared much for the trail — bench cut trail section mile 14 look and rode just like bench cut trail section mile 40. Would it have killed somebody to trim the trail back? Because those briars almost killed me.
Syllamo was my first ride on the new ride.
Plyometrics in the form of jumpshots were our recovery workout.

Robidoux Roundup -- 3rd Cat 1 Men, 19-29
I intended to race marathon only to arrive just as the marathon class was lining up. Expert it was!

The trail was 50 percent bridge crossings, 50 percent right-angle turns.

Dirty Kanza -- DID NOT FINISH (for the third freaking time)
I raced the inaugural DK200 in 2006 and finished 5th. Each subsequent attempt has been met with fail. This year I thought I had it in the bag. My legs felt great, my nutrition and hydration strategies were spot on. Even the extreme heat was not bothering me. But I choose my tires poorly; Hutchinson Piranhas are too soft and fragile for 200 miles of Kansas gravel.  On the upside, I was able to cover the event for Dirt Rag Magazine. Look for my write up in issue #151.

Not my lucky number.

Left to right, Gerald Hart and Tanner Marshall setting the pace.