This weekend was my first time attending the Peak to Peak mountain bike race which is certainly going to become a fall classic.
I really broke some cardinal rules at this one, so here is a synopsis of what to do and what not to do.
Do: All your prep work to your bike two days in advance to make sure things are running right, ghost shifting blows.
Don't: Change tires out right before a race start
Do: Have your race clothes ready the night before
Don't: Scramble in the AM to find the right gear
Do: Get a proper warm up for at least 10 minutes before the race starts
Don't: Arrive cold in the start chute and blast off on a 28 MPH roll out with the group leaders and hang for the first two miles when you body is telling you it's unhappy.
Do: Maintain a heart rate that will let you finish well
Don't: Hold a 185 hear rate for the first half hour an expect to do well for more than the first lap
Overall, a learning experience and still a fun race. I owe Jim's friend Doug big time for giving me that tube when I punctured mine and the core came out of my other. I got to the start with less than two minutes to spare.
The synopsis, ten miles of flat, fast non technical single track with a half mile of uphill hell and a super fun blast weaving back and fourth across a ski hill. Overall a total roadie course, no leg rest, a total burner. Even if I had been ready and not blown out my legs early I don't think I could have moved up more than a position or two. I'll take my 18 out of 52 in my age group and be happy to finish nursing a wounded bike back.
The best part of the race? Two giant climbs that felt like I did something, post race beers with friends, and Ali getting a strong second place.
Thanks again Doug for the tube, Jim for the beer, and to Ali for not laughing at me throwing my tire and slamming my car door. :)