I lined up at 11 am and it was already 90 frickin' degrees. I was feeling the effects of a heavy week of training, was trying a whole new nutrition program and was lined up next to some fast dudes and chickies. Jen was pretty exited that there were 4 other women racing the marathon class.
Dan Furman was there on a Trek 69'er single speed, Matt Keeven was there on his new 29'er 1x9, the series points leader was there and there was some not so pro looking dude rockin a skinsuit??? I mean, unless you are Geoff Kabush rocking a white Canadian National Champion skinsuit in the short track you are suspect. So I kept a close eye on him. Other than that the field was about 15 deep which was cool.
The race started and I rode. After about a mile I crested a hill and looked back to see Matt Keeven coming down the descent leading up to the hill I had just crested. That was the last I saw of anyone until I started lapping people. I was feeling really good and able to keep my heart rate low. There were two Stinging Nettle like sections and every time I hit them I big ringed it knowing Keeven had a 1x9 and Furman had a SS. On the climbs I just settled in and spun. There was one really pretty section of bottoms which ran parallel to a cow pasture and all the cows came out to watch. They were really friendly and I would MOO to them on every lap but towards the end I was feeling deprived of protein and thinking of stopping to grill one up, unfortunately I didn't have a chainsaw or matches...
I wasn't using any Hammer products for this race, this time I was using my own SECRET mix of a bunch of different powders, ect and it was going down easy and my stomach was happy. I had some Red Bull towards the end and it gave me wings.
I crossed the line on my 7th lap at 2:59:10 and wanted to bust out one more for training but the officials held me down and told me I was done. "It's all over little buddy SIMMA DOWN NOW!" Dan came in about 15-20 minutes later and the 3rd place guy was a bit behind him. Matt Keeven had some catastrophic failure and fired up his BIG FOOT truck to 4 wheel his way back to the Lou. Jen finished 7/15 and 2cd in the womens and we both won gift certificates to SHAKESPEARES PIZZA from Kurt, the owner as schwag... NYOCE!!!