Thursday, June 30, 2005

gearing up for race #6 - Eldora Escape - Nederland, CO

Just coming off the CB wildflower fest last weekend and coming into the next race so quickly makes for a cool 1 - 2 punch highlight for the MSC series. Click below for more details:

Race #5 - Crested Butte - Wildflower Rush

Wow, after just completing the beautiful Wildflower Rush (race 5) and already gearing up for race #6 at Eldora, it feels like a bit of a 1, 2 punch in the series right now. All the better! Crested Butte hosted the WildFlower Rush and it was EPIC (for you Curtis). It was my second time to return to the far flung mtn. town since Zach and I moved into the resort's parking lot ages and ages ago for a week of snowboarding and high adventure. Kim and i got lucky and found a camping spot in the same lot and nearly in the same parking spot. I was a bit late to the race start but finished ok afterall. 5th out of 6th this time and that ain't half bad. Personally, it was my toughest race thus far. It was similar to Angel Fire's long initial climb and fast hairy descent, but the Butte shoed more climbs and well, more climbs. The course was full of false summits. I am fortunate tha ti only had to complete 1 lap, nearly all the other classes had to go on to complete 2 or even (gasp) 3 laps. Unbelievable.

After the races, Kim and I took our gear and went on up to the unexplainably gorgeous, unspeakably mystical, and unbelievably transendental near Ghost Town of Gothic 9 miles beyond CB. We found a cozy room with a view opposite the cathedral like spired mtn opposite us and settled in for a rainy and enjoyable evening.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Race # 4 - Chili Challange - Angel Fire, NM

After missing the last race and only 'training' about as minimally as a person can, i was a little concerned for ths race. Especially when my supporters and freinds who have been there and ridden the course eluded to the trails tougher design, bigger climbs, and complex and fast decents. With this, I began to prepare mentally for my first 'real' race.

Friday's long drive to Eagle's Nest and Negel Fire was beautiful and relaxing. After arriving i joined up with Team Dean for a slow preride of the course. The uphill turned out to be much larger than was ready for, while the downhill felt comfortable and fun.

Saturday started early as Team Dean shoved off for their early start. I stayed at the house and tuned the bike and tried to calm my nerves.

My race was to start at 11:00 and would comprise a single 8 mile large loop. The starting elevation was near 8700 feet but felt more like 14000 to me at the time. The race itself went quicker than i imagined. I managed to start and keep myself somewhere (i think) near the middle of the pack. Early on i took it easy and allowed myself to be passed by several people, betting that i could maybe catch them later on the climb or perhaps on the downhill. That plan worked to some degree, but to what i'm not sure yet (i have't seen the results yet). I'm crossing my fingers for a descent finish. I felt pretty strong on the climb and had a great downhill like i had hoped. Once again, i finished, had a great time, and didn't take on any serious falls or injuries. Overall it was a blast of a weekend... i am really enjoying myself.

Big thanks once again for Team Dean's hospitality!