I thought I was in better shape – but was sadly mistaken! This was my first race of the season, and technically the first time in the upgraded Cat 2/Sport Class. It was also the first time that I’ve raced on the new Giant XTC 29r. As I lined up in the 40-49 age category, I looked around and it didn’t look good for me. There were a lot of pretty buff “dudes” that looked like they were riding all winter. Turns out there were 36 in the class + the father and daughter tandem team. They were the only people that didn’t pass me….Either way, my trusty heart rate monitor kept me from going overboard, and I left with a few important take-aways:
1. I finished the race….
2. I cleaned the course 100% (even the slimy mud climb 3x) and
3. I felt pretty good at the end of the race. (Today is a different story!)
I was glad to meet some of my new team members, and think that we’re going to have a lot of fun this year. HG