I was a bit worried about doing this race. I often race under trained, but doing a six hour MTB race with less than three weeks of training in the legs is pushing it a bit. I through my camera in my pocket to give me an excuse to stop during the laps, but below is the only pic I too, it was on the start line. I was amazed with how I performed. The legs felt fresh and eager to go. I needed to hold back and stay comfortable to make sure I did no damage to my aging unfit body. I think I ended up in 4th or 5th only 25mins off the leader.
It was another well organised event, (even without Snozza keeping an eye on things) well done to the Full Gas team. The course they set for us was absolutely mud free and a whole lot of fun. The Hei Hei was a pleasure to ride as usually and didn't miss a beat.
BTW don't forget to check out the World 24 Hour website to see how the Aussies fared in Canada. They are due to finish while we sleep Sunday night.
The plan was to do a couple weeks on the road to get some fitness back before I jump on the MTB. I ended up missing out on riding the Tour de Burbs Tuesday night so I decided to jump on the single speed Unit and hit the trails at Lysterfield. I needed to pick up my freshly serviced Hei Hei from Trailmix anyway, so this was to be a good plan. The trails were a little soggy, but the bike hooked up nicely and it was great to cruise around on the big wheels in the bush, in the middle of the day.
Finishing up at Trailmix is great. A perfect place to warm the body with a coffee after blasting the trails. BTW, make sure you get your entry in soon for the next round of CTS. Apparently they are filling up fast.
Well, with almost a month off the bike completely, it's time to get back into it. I have my fingers crossed that my immune system is back to full strength. I plan on taking my return slow to make sure I stay in good health. While on my first ride back, I was thinking about all my years on the bike (I am currently in my 19th year of competitive cycling) and how lucky I have been with injury and sickness. From this perspective I can't complain at all. But it is good to be back.
Also newsworthy, it looks like my late entry attempt for the Wildside Tasmania Jan 2010 has been accepted. This and the world record attempt will definately keep me busy early in the new year. But in the meantime, I have booked a catch up with the AyUp boys next month at a NSW Event (Randall will make the trip up with me). At this stage August sees me at a MTB event four out of the five weekends plus CTS later this month. Should be fun...anyone know a good babysitter.