It has been a long time since I have posted anything here. I am sorry if you have been faithfully checking back, waiting for a post. I will try to make that up here, I will not be so absent again. I don’t really have a good reason for no posting, but I HAVE been really busy.
It all kinda started with the crash in Whistler. You may recall that I crashed really hard in Whistler in early July, separating my AC in my right shoulder. That really set me back. That was about 6-7 weeks ago, I have been training since then, but it is coming back really slowly.
The Byron HS was a real old school HS. I am talking about really tight 90%woods 4 mile course. It was soft and it became really really rutted. So rutted that of course it was really really tough riding. This one was really hard to ride with my shoulder. I fell over a couple of times and that was quite the ordeal with a shoulder that was only about 50%.
I got a crap start and arrived late to the woods. There was about 18 people on my line and getting to the woods in 15th or so was a challenge. The course was mostly single track and passing was nearly impossible. At the woods I knew it was going to be a long day. I had my work cut out for me.
I managed to pass a few people each lap and ended up 5th. John and I were both in the +40 A class. There are a bunch of really fast guys in Illinois, especially in the A class.
But, I was completely shredded after the race. It is completely amazing what an injury and a few weeks of inactivity can do to your aggression and fitness. I have a long way to go for sure.
Stone Lake HS
This was the next race on the agenda. The series had been to this venue before, but I had not personally. The first time around was when I was in Whistler with the family in early July.
Stone Lake is near Rice Lake Wi. I know, I know…the Wisconsin lake thing. It does get confusing. Anyway, Stone Lake is up in northern Wi. I love coming up here. The northern part of Wisconsin is a special place. The forest is great, and there are not many people. But, the terrain can be challenging.
Stone Lake was a long loop. 8 miles around. There was not a huge crowd there, only about 9 people on my line. The course started out on a really really great MX track. Great dirt, groomed to perfection, huge uphill jumps, really nice bermed turns. Yow. Then it went through some GNCC width trails. They were fast and furious. Then a great grassy field section and then 3 miles of the toughest roughest rock infested trail I have ever raced on.
Of course it rained the night before the race. It is ME at the race after all, so it has to rain. The rain didn’t hurt the MX track or the fast trails. But, the rocky 3mile section was murder with mud. I am talking standing up 100% of the time, trials type riding over wet slippery rocks that are flipping your bike right and left. It was a workout.
I got another crap start (seems like my shoulder injury has turned me into a week starter). I fell trying to get off the MX track, but pushed anyway and got up to 2nd before we got off the fast GNCC type trails. I was passed by a guy I did not know going into the rock infested part of the race. For 2 laps after that, I could still see John and that 2nd place guy on the MX track when we would get back to that, but then my fitness fell apart and I went backwards.
Oh well. Those are not too bad of efforts for a guy with a bad shoulder. I am starting to feel closer to 90% now, so I think I should get back to the front after this.