Written by Eric Paysen Sunday, 26 March 2006 00:00
The race took off at a furious pace with the former pro Chad Hungeford leading the charge. I fought for a good position going into the singletrack and entered the woods in about 7th place. After about 15 minutes of hammering at high speeds I started looking at my heart rate which was holding at near my redline. Knowing that I probably would not be able to sustain this for 30 miles I decided to try to hang onto the lead group anyway. I hoped things would ease up a bit. The pace stayed fast and after about 30 minutes on the course the group of 5 which I was struggling to maintain contact with started to pull away. On being dropped I blew up mentally and physically. The next lap was tough, I felt awful, was steadily being passed by riders from behind, and as any racer knows this is quite demoralizing. By the end of the second lap I was starting to find my rhythm again and was mentally focused on enjoying a fast ride on a fantastic course. Before I knew it I was catching riders again and steadily built enough speed in the third and final lap to pass several riders before the finish. I crossed the line at 2:06 in 10th place wishing for another lap. It felt great to finish strong after a devastating second lap.
I am off to the Sea Otter Classic next week. Should be fun!
Photos by: Lisa Paysen
|< Prev||Next >|