After last Sunday's race I didn't know what to expect. I went out Tuesday for a nice easy ride and felt OK but my legs were definitely still feeling it. Thursday night I hooked up with Matt run Forrest, Todd El Presidente', and Kurtee for a little Fair Hill action. I managed to get in about an hour before the group showed up. I as feeling much better. We rode pretty hard and I managed to get in just under 3 hours.
Now came the real test as to how well I am feeling. I met up with Elk and Les the International Man of Mystery for some more Fair Hill Fun. Les had a little plan to keep Elk from ripping our legs off today. He said that if we pushed the pace hard for the first half hour it might settle him down. I don't think it worked. Elk put together a nice loop. He sees the park different than us locals do, not in a bad way. The loop was super fun we came into trails in ways I didn't know even know were there.
Les and Elk enjoying a snack.
The pace of this ride was pretty fast the whole time. I was surprised to find myself being able to hang with these guys, don't get me wrong they put a gap on me a few times but never a huge one. I honestly think they were taking it easy on me. Elk let me take the lead coming up the Twilight Trail. I liked the idea because I know that trail really well and always seem to feel good on it. Today was no exception, I felt good coming up, but I think I shot my load on that trail. This turned out to be one of my best rides of the year. Les and Elk are fun to ride with and I got to see Fair Hill a whole new way.
When the ride was over we sat in fatmarc's front yard enjoying some fresh baked pretzels and some fine Sly Fox brews, both compliments of Elk.
Well I am off to dinner, I am taking Rachael out to the Spence Cafe in West Chester to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. Wow 2 years of wedded bliss, well 2 years of being happily married.