Sunday, April 15, 2018
Pisgah Stage Race #10
This was my 10th time in this race. And I am the only one to have completed all 10 editions. Todd of Blue Ridge Adventures has done an amazing job of improving the race and fine tuning the details. Participants are treated to a great race environment, or if they choose, a fully supported tour on some of the best trails in Pisgah.
So race day rolled around and I knew I wasn't ready, but was pretty sure I could finish. I was on a 32x21 gearing which had been working for me.
Randy Collette responded and got me set up. Sycamore Cycles helped me out and let me use the tools to make the change. My chain was pretty tight but I figured it would loosen up as I rode Stage 3. That didn't work out so well. The chain stayed super tight, and I'm pretty sure I lost some energy due to that. Oh well.
Wow, I'm getting faster, and my skills are improving!
Am I going to do it again? Yes. Next year? No. I'm taking a break. It's been a good run, and I've got some bragging rights that no one else can claim! There are other trails and events out there that I'd like to take a look at. And of course, Todd claims that he is going to pay my way to another stage race in another country! I'm looking forward to that.
Thanks to Todd and the entire Blue Ridge Adventures crew for providing an event that challenged me and helped be grow into the person I am today!
Maybe I'll be one of the hecklers on Pilot next year!
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Monday, April 09, 2018
Pisgah Stage Race 2018- Day 0
This is it, Pisgah Stage Race #10. So much has happened over the past 10 years. So, wild to think how many times I have done this race. Some years better than others, each year different than the last.
Some have suggested that this is my year. I don't disagree, its a race and you never know. But, that's not my goal. I've done the chase, trying to close the gap, the difference in seconds or minutes. The minutes that mean the difference between 1st, 2nd, 4th..... I've looked nervously over my should, looking for that jersey, looking for the rabbit chasing me, the carrot.
Not this year. I'm going to make this my victory lap. I'm going to enjoy the ride and give the volunteers a high five. (not gonna eat the bacon though). I'm going to take in the sights and sounds and celebrate a decade of racing fun. I'm gonna finish with a smile on my face and warmth in my heart. And I'm looking forward to it.
Here's to a fun ride.... (unless of course I wind up near the top after the first day, then, well, the race is on!)
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