Had a great race. I was going back and forth with this guy I have raced with before, and he's tough, so I knew he wouldn't make it easy. I led him for the first 3 laps, and on the last lap he put in an attack on the flat to gain some distance over me. I caught up, saw he was feeling it on the switchback climbs, caught up to him, and then passed him going into the singletrack.
I was stronger in there, but he was pushing hard to keep up with me so he could stay in the fight. We got to the open field sections, and he attacked HARD and put a bunch of distance on me there, passing 4 or 5 lappers in the process too. I fought hard, and was just starting to catch him before the end of the race, but couldn't catch him.
He finished right behind 3rd place by a wheel, and I was a few seconds behind them. Just missed out on a podium spot once again finishing 5th.
At least I had a great race and felt somewhat strong finally. I could have done another lap if I had to or gone for a run. Wasn't my typical worked over ready to die feeling this time.
Dani had a good race and is starting to look like her old self again, winning the junior race for the girls. I will move her up to the Citizen adult race now to gain a bit more experience and race a longer distance. A couple of the other girls have done that already too.