I entered the Bear Springs XC today feeling upbeat! I was excited to start racing again.
I started off well, heading into the first single track section in 4th position. Got through a few potential bottleneck sections (the “run-up” and, the “fallen bushes”) where I wanted to be ahead of the mayhem and I tried to get a rhythm going and catch back up to the lead.
I started losing my breath quickly, I guess I’m not quite over the cold…
When it became clear I was not going to be going fast today I waited up a bit for Brian Ellin (who I knew was also NOT feeling so hot.) to ride past and we both finished the course and then hopped in the car and headed home.
The funniest thing happened during the race, we are bombing down the trails and Timmy Evans comes running up the trail the wrong way asking if “this is the right way?” It was’nt. A good ten or so of us went off trail, which I hear is super common at the Bear Springs race.
Then I got a flat.
My year is off to a good start. DNF at the first road race I do. DNF at the first XC I do.