A weekend follows a week. A week starts with a Monday. A Monday starts with the alarm going on. (It is kind of a linear thing). Mine started early last week with a drive up to Marquette. A local work outing to put us all on the same page planning for the 2014 model year. It was a ripping good time, looking for the perfect IPA, talking about future bike stuff, eating burrito’s and riding mountain bikes. I wrote all about it here.
After working up there all week, I just stayed until Sunday and did the WIXC race at Pine Ridge. Drove down to Iron Mountain and holed up in a hotel room with my feet up trying to rest up after a week of riding hard.
I raced at Pine Ridge years ago, but have not been back to race there in at least 5 years. A race is like oatmeal, sometimes you get the mix just right other times not. This race turned out to have a huge MX track and not enough woods for me. The entire course was fast and rough. Lots of holes and whoops at speed. It was tiring.
As usual lately, I cannot buy a start for any amount of money. 3 kicks on the line and it finally started. My bike starts perfectly when I am doing practice starts. It even starts when I am waiting for the lines ahead to go off. But, when go time comes it just does not start. The bad start put me in 11th off the line. On a fast course that is tough to deal with. To make matters worse, I crashed trying to make passes twice in the first lap. I had my work cut out for me.
Rick went through me at the first part of the race, as it turns out he got even a worse start than I did. I found myself with my arms all pumped up a couple of laps into the race, a sign of how rough it was. Because of the arm pump, I was not making it as far forward as I wanted to. Eventually I settled in to a nice pace and caught riders, but wow.
In the end, Rick won and I ended up 2nd. I was just 30 seconds back, but it felt like I was barely going out there. It will have been good practice for Dyracuse and for Ironman GNCC, fast and flowing.
Out till next week.