Decided to hit up a mtb race at MMCC last Saturday. The weather was warm and the new singletrack was pretty rough but that course is fun. With the hot weather I was very concerned that my awesome cramping legs would rear their ugly head again. I wasn't wrong but had done a lot to manage things.
The start of the Expert 29 and under category was new to me as we took the pavement to a walking trail before first hitting the singletrack. That was a nice change as it allowed for everything to string out. The pace was fairly fast for the first lap but I kept things at a reasonable pace. I think I had figured a few minutes before the race that this would be in my top five longest MTB rides for the year... Not exactly confidence inspiring.
At the start of the second lap I noticed my quads were starting to twinge. That's a long lap to start with cramping. I took things easy for a bit and pushed the pace when I could. At this point I was fairly sure I was sitting in third and I hoped not to get caught for the last push.
Rolling into the finish I had gone through a total of three full large bottles over a race that was just under two hours. And drinking on that course isn't exactly easy to do. But the cramps still seem to come back no matter what I do. It'd be nice to actually race a mtb race some time!
Third was it for me, but I made some cash.
Have you registered for the Ithaca GP yet?