Being the end of the season, or close to the end, doesn’t mean that the training and bike riding stops! I still have a few more races in me!
Let’s jump back a couple months to September when I raced the Bear Claw Epic mtb race. It was a very cold September morning and the field of racers was looking very competitive! Everything went well until we ran into the sport racers and that basically broke up groups with some running their bikes through the woods, others trying to pedal through the woods around slower traffic, and others just sitting in the line-up. Needless to say, I still made the best of the race, but wished we raced at separate times on the course. I’m sure we are not the only ones as we probably scare the sport and beginner riders when we approach at high rates of speed.
Next let’s move to October, Peak 2 Peak! This race is something that I have only done once and had back spasms end my race. This year I was ready, and feeling 100%! The day before the race the forecast looked awesome with some rain showers possible around 11am and 12 pm, no big deal!
That night I slept in my newly finished campervan and heard rain in the morning, I looked out the window and noticed puddles which meant it probably rain most of the night. To make things worse, the temperature was falling to close to freezing and it started sleeting and snowing during the morning race. I went out to cheer people on and noticed a lot of mud on everyone, broken bikes, people dropping out, people with no brakes left on their bikes, and race officials closing down a big part of the course because it was that bad. After talking with a few people, I decided that I was not going to race to just drop $1000 on fixing my bike and risk getting injured in horrible conditions.
Moving closer to Iceman I was very nervous not having really raced in a couple of months, but once we started our journey to the race, I started feeling better about it and really did not have much nervousness at all. I watch my wife and friends take off from the start early in the morning. I made my way back to get ready for my race, and then headed to the finish line to pick up my wife and friends after the finished. They all did great, they said the course was in amazing condition, things were looking even better. We headed back to the cabin for me to get the rest of my things ready and myself geared up.
Short video of 2018 Iceman: