So happy to wake up in my Flippac again after it broke a couple of weeks ago!
Ride #2 FATS (Fayetteville Area Triathlon Society) visit FATS (Forks Area Trail System) ride was cut short after I double flatted, used 3 CO2 cartridges, 2 tubes, 2 patches and a CX tube to get out. Great trails and I had a blast on Great Wall and Skinny Loops
An afternoon and evening at Bill and Shanda’s, low country boil, swimming in the rain and an evening boat ride for Purple Martins (if we had enough gas in the boat)
Sunrise over Sam’s tent as seen from my tent.
An Osprey circles it’s nest.
Sam and I enjoy an evening paddle as the sun sets.
Sunrise from Flat Top Tower. I had wanted to hike to it for lat night’s sunset but was exhausted from my ride for the 5 mile hike. So I got up before the sun and ran to the tower… I missed the very beginning since I didn’t take in the fact the first 2.5 miles was “uphill” and my running pace was slower. Still a gorgeous sunrise and a great run.
Race #2 NCCX and the same results, same three on the podium and in the same order.
The race was at Lions Park in Raleigh and I have always liked the course, even I have have never had a good result there. This year they took away recovery dirt road on the back, made the bog hill a run up with barriers and made the lap a hair longer. I got the call up today, so I started on the front row: The start, yesterday’s winner got a good start and then did a “dick” move and cut right in front on me, but karma got him and he dropped a chain or cross chained or something…. all I know was suddenly he was moving and was right in front of me, and I had to cut hard not to pile into him.
The mechanical also meant I had the hole shot and after the first left turn I was in front before we hopped the curb into the woods. All I could think of was go, go, go… I have never been in the front of a CX field and wasn’t sure how hard to go vs “popping” – whatever I was doing was working I was building a gap and finished the first lap with over 100 yards lead. After halfway through lap 2 I saw yesterday’s winner and he was gaining, and by the next switch back he had closed the gap why faster than I expected…. I learned, he is MUCH faster than I am so I concentrated on my line and he caught and passed me before the run up, I stayed with him for a bit, but just not as fast as he is. Lap 3 was fast, third place didn’t close in on me, and I wasn’t gaining at all on first. I am still happy with my second second of the year!
‘cross = early starts!
The run up, last year it was ride-able, this year Tim added barriers.
Sunrise, fog and bike rides. A great start to the day.
First to work, do I win a prize?
Early morning ride and start to a good day.
interesting note to come home to….
Bike ride first thing in the morning, as the sun rises….
Then lesson on lighting interviews for video
I was up early, so I waited for the sun to rise so I could ride. It was a quiet morning on the roads, and since I am still riding my Tri bike, I thought a lot about old races, the people in my life that I love, and glad for another year around the sun!
5:44am – sunrise – the rest of the day is a blur. Repeat yesterday and add a great nap!