Friday, September 20, 2013
This morning, on the way to the race, I picked up a dozen Bo Berry Biscuits for the volunteers and bought steak and cheese biscuit for myself. It tasted great and stuck to my ribs!
I lined up at the back of the pack, not wanting to get caught up in the gravel road sprint. I fell in behind some folks who were of the same mind and we took a steady warm up, up the gravel. Left turn onto Spencer Gap and up the steepness to the single track. I found my groove and was pleased that I was able to maintain my desired pace. Crossing the top of Trace and dropping into the gnar on the other side, I stopped to let the Simril train cruise by and then rolled down again. I was again pleased when I relaxed enough to ride almost everything.
Down through the bottoms we came to a very confusing spot. I saw markers in two directions and new where the route was supposed to go, but didn't know if the route had been altered by the race directors for some unknown to us, reason. Pretty soon there was a group of about 6 folks there, and everyone thought it best to follow the arrow to the left. I went along with the crowd.
By the time we reached aid station 1 it was obvious that we had made a mistake. Nothing to do but keep riding, and so we did. I kept my pace and tried not to think about anything except nutrition, pace and pedal stroke.
Finally to the top of Trace, then down Spencer Gap to Wash Creek Rd. Hang a left on the gravel road that leads us to Bear Branch, bomb down, then back to Wash Creek Campground.
Todd informed us that he would be taking our average MPH, and adding 4 miles to our total time. Everyone that I heard, agreed that was a fair way to go about it. The only downside is that we missed Middle Fork and the super fun upper section of Fletcher Creek. That's racin'.
One more day..... looks like it might rain!
Posted by Stephen at 3:38 PM