Well that was a tough race. Wasn't feeling the hills in warmups, and had a hunch I was gonna get beaten up there pretty good, and I was right. Not sure what the deal is yet with my low HR and high lactic acid buildup and low power. I really hope it's just all the mediocre endurance/distance training I've been doing. Not sure yet.
After the first lap I started getting faster, but by then everybody was out of sight. I did what I could and reeled some people in, and passed a bunch of racers on the last lap too. Hardly drank any of my water, and only had one gel. Wasn't feeling it for some reason. I had a younger kid in front of me on the last part of the last lap, and I outsprinted him at the finish, and as I was flying down the hill, I noticed a guy in my age group just in front of me.
If only I had another mile or two I could have caught him.
As it turned out, I got 6th out of 9 guys in my age group, and 33rd overall out of 57. Not great, but not terrible in this class. As I was telling Kevin, the higher classes are very competitive, and everybody in there is usually on point with their training and racing. The guy who won my age group was only 2 minutes ahead of me, out of the 1 hour and 42 minutes my time was. That's not much. That's the good and bad about WORS. There is always somebody right in front of you to catch, and also somebody right behind you to hold off.
Great story. So I start catching the elite girls and passing them, and I hammer past this one chick right before the singletrack started again with some good downhills. She says "if you're going to pass me before the downhills you better not touch the brakes" and I was like holy crap are you serious? I say "gotcha" and she says "I'm just giving you shit" and I say "I love you!" and I take off.
True story. No idea who it was or what she looked like, so no pic requests or descriptions.
Good seeing Kevin and D out there too. Kevin crashed in the rock garden and D got passed by Dani and I overfilled my tires and did not DNF but was very sketchy.
I think I'm psychic.