So yesterday was the Rapture in Misery 6/12 mountain bike race.
The race started at Noon, lemans start. i entered the 6 hr solo category but would ultimately call it quits after about 3 hours and 45 minutes or racing. i got the cramps, i pulled the plug.
The temperature probably got up to around 90, not so bad considering the last 10 days have been 100+, but the humidity was still awful. i bet the head index was over 100. i started the race very conservative since i was planning to go for 6 hrs, but despite that conservative approach i still cramped up pretty quickly. by my third and final lap the feet and calves were seizing up anytime i had to negotiate a difficult obstacle or get off my bike. it was rough. That third lap was where i fell apart, and it all started with a big wipeout in the 'bone yard.' Besides being stunned The fall caused no real damage but it signaled the beginning of the end.
i should mention that the course was hard. Both due to the fact that there was a lot of climbing per lap, and i'm talking steep a*s climbs (lots of people walking, me indluded) and because the rain the night before had maid the ground just moist enough to make it feel like you were pedaling thru glue. plus all the humidity and rain made any rock or root extremely slick.
a friend of mine referred to it as slippery velcro.
All in all it was still a fun day. the turnout seemed pretty good, maybe not as big as bone bender, and i really learned a lot. i had never attempted a race of this length so it was all learning the hard way for me. note to self, when your entire body is poring sweat for multiple hours it's nice to have extra gloves and even an extra kit. My hand's were starting to blister and the damp glove's didn't help.
so the race didn't go as i would have liked... but, i didn't break any bone's, i dont need any stitches, and I'm not even that tired today. i applaud everyone who competed and especially the ones who kept gutting it out, lap after lap. the conditions were brutal but so many people were kicking ass out there.
See ya on down the trail.