My family was there when I got in. I looked around for everyone but could not find you guys. I was spent and hungry and so was my family so we decided to leave.
Congrats on 14th. I have much respect for your finish time. This race was a total eye opener. When I finished I told my wife "well I did it but I will never do it again" and when I woke up the next morning I started planning for next years race
My goal is to shave 2 hours off my time. I don't think that will be to hard
but seriously I probably could have come in an hour sooner in this race if I had managed my time better on the course. Of course the final part of the climb to aid 5 and the last bit up hankey mountain totally smoked me so I may be deluding myself.
I, like Bob totally cramped at mile 37. For me it was my 2 calf muscles and my left thigh. I could actually see my calf muscles twitching. It was probably the one time I seriously gave thought to quitting. I stopped and ate some succeed caps, drank some water and massaged my OWN calf's
. After that I felt better but my muscles felt terrible for the rest of the day.
The thing about this race that really struck me was the descents. I was somewhat prepared for the climbing (mentally not physically) but the downhill took me by surprise. There were portions that were so scary to me that I would have to stop at the bottom to let my heart slow down. In particular was a section between aid 3 and aid 4. I cleared the hardest part which comprised of a steep, super rocky section that had a sharp turn with a small drop thrown in for extra fun. I was "resting" at the bottom when a rider behind me totally lost it there and cracked his head open. His buddy rode to the aid station and they called 911. Hopefully he is all right. Later on that section someone broke their collar bone trying to make that same turn. Crazy.
A lot of firsts for me on this ride.
First time in a "real" race
First Mountain century
First time over 10 hours saddle time
First time riding at night
And I am sure there are more.
Some of you know I signed up for this race a long time ago (I was #80). I started biking after a 26 year hiatus almost exactly 1 year ago. It was my goal that after 1 year of biking I do a MTB century. Well I picked a doozy, but let me tell you that crossing that finish line was one of the greatest feelings I have ever had. The gauntlet is thrown, I hope we have a larger SWAMP turnout next year.