Week before last was decent training. Got some good trail miles in and finished with 35 miles in 2 days. Then last week went out the window. Between needing to be out of the saddle, then rain and other plans. Lack of consistency definitely hurts progress.
Rode with 2 friends to Columbus on Saturday evening on our way to race Mohican OMBC #2. We were lucky that one friend has an aunt and uncle that put us up for the night and fed us breakfast Sunday morning. As we were leaving the city on our way to Loudonville, we stopped at Starbucks. I know better, really I do but I did something very dumb. After being coffee free for about a year and a half I decided to have a shot of espresso. Wrong thing to do. By the time we arrived at the race venue 1.5 hours later my blood pressure and heart rate were elevated and I was nauseous. I opted to enter the novice race, feeling as I did, instead of the Sport class which was the same as the Expert class and was 25+ miles. Temps had dropped overnight to freezing. It was warming up but was still chilly and windy. Twenty minutes into the novice race I started wheezing. Yet again another asthma attack. I lost my lead into the single track. Eventually I passed another novice woman, but a mile or so before the end she passed me and I Never saw her again. This is racing.
The long course was tough, with 3100 ft of climbing and plenty of roots and rock gardens. I don't think any of the three of us were happy with our results. But all in all it was a fun weekend with friends. We got to ride new trails. We ran into KT who came in 3rd in the expert women's race. She had taken her sons and spent the weekend with her family not too far from the venue. We also got to see Tim and Lauren, a couple we met at Mulberry Gap the first of March. Tim came in 2nd in the expert vet open race and Lauren took home 1st in the expert women's race.
A weekend with friends, new and old while riding bikes and seeing new places is so special. I am very fortunate and am grateful for each new adventure and opportunity. I love this life I'm living.
I hope you had a fun weekend with people you love and enjoy being around too.
Life is good.