Tuesday, April 14, 2009

6 Hour Grind on the "Greenway"

Wifey and I rolled down to the Charlotte, NC area last weekend to visit some friends and do the 6 Hour Grind on the Greenway as a little tune up for this coming weekends play time at the Leesburg Baker's Dozen.

With my wounded wing far from healed (don't want to talk about it) I knew the smart thing to do was stay off the bike to let things heal and be a cheerleader for Wifey. That was the smart thing to do, so yes....I raced.

Even with the heavy rains the area got the afternoon/night before the course was in great shape, other then 3-4 small muddy spots the trail was perfect.

The race started out quick and I entered the single track in about 10th of the 150ish rider pack. Within the first five minutes the 10-12 of us were alone, with me being the anchor....but I'm cool with being the anchor in a group of Pro's and local top guns. Even being in this elite group something was wrong, not really the collarbone just everything. Best way to put is I did not feel smooth on the bike.

Midway thru the second lap my race turned into a ride as I knew it was not my day and I lost site of the last on my riding herd. I'm still not sure what the problem was, just nothing seam to be right. Everything I ate did not sit well, this hurt, that hurt and I was pretty much pissin about being on the bike.

So lap two rolled into three, four and five....then something happened. What it was I have no idea, but it happened. Everything felt right, I felt in the groove and all my this hurts/that hurts went away. To little to late for my placing, but I was just happy to be feeling in the groove again.

I ended the day with a 5th place out of the 11 in the Solo Men's Open, and with atleast one pro rider behind me I guess I can say it was an ok day.....guessing his bad day must have been worse then mine.

So now it's time for some bike love and hopefully a little body healing before the packing starts for the Friday trip down to Leesburg.


rsdmag said...

What time will you hit Leesburg? I figure we will be there by 3...

Travis said...

Thinking about the same timing here. Figure get down there, get a pit area picked out and do an easy lap before packet pickup at five.

Manicmtbr said...

NICE job last weekend. I usually have a good day at the races when I sleep poorly the night before and wake up feeling like crap! Not sure why, but it works for me.

Good luck this weekend. I will be at Fair Hill instead . . .

Travis said...

Yeah, I'm the same way. But normally I can't sleep the night before a race either, my mind is just focused on the race...and the nerus too.

We're gonna swing by Fair Hill on the way home Sunday, so I'm be there as a cheerleader....good luck to ya, you're gonna rock some worlds this year.