The handful of people that actually read this stuff, should know, I never have a good race when it is really hot. The Curse of Dark Hollow at Michaux was yesterday, and guess what? It was effin' hot. I thought maybe having gears would make a difference, boy was I wrong.
The day started a bit rough when I got lost on the way there and just made it in time to register and get dressed. The knee felt good and I was looking forward to this race. Out of the gate I was in a good place headed down the first down hill. Until I rolled over a big rock, got thrown a round and burped my tire. I stopped gave it a shot of air and chased. As I was hammering up the first climb I was thinking, I went out way too hard. Later on I realized, that, yes I did go out too hard.
I was still doing OK I was drinking and eating regularly, and after an hour or so I started to find a little rhythm. Then the next big climb hit, and I started to over heat. I was trying to spin a nice easy gear, but that isn't how I ride. I was starting to crack.
15 miles in I come to the 50 and 25 mile loop split. I stopped to think about it, but decided to make it to the 2nd check point at 25 miles. This was the longest 10 miles I have ever ridden. After the unbelievably steep hike a bike I was in a real bad place. I just kept thinking, that I wasn't even half way through, and I was feeling this bad.
I have to say I felt a little better on the flats and the down hills, but I would just over heat on the climbs. I was seriously thinking of pulling out when I got to the 2nd check point. When I finally got there, I was out of water, and so were they. That sealed the deal for me and I got ride back to my car. There were a lot of people looking for the same thing, so i didn't feel so bad.
So I learned some things:
1, I am not faster on gears.
2, I do not do well in the heat(I already knew that though)
3, Don't race Michaux when it is 95 deg.
I want to congratulate Les Leach for crushing the single speed class and finishing 4th over all.
Plus I want to congratulate Wes for winning not 1, but 2 national championship titles, Cross Country and Short Track. Way to go my friend.