Sunrise

Oct. 14, 2018

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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!

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‘cross = early starts!

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The run up, last year it was ride-able, this year Tim added barriers.

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Fun stuff

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April 4, 2018

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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!

Oct. 30, 2016

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We woke up to a beautiful sunrise! Quickly ate and packed, it is going to be a long day!

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The sun was warm and we started climbing right away.

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I knew the first bit was up-hill, but not this up… see the tiny barn in the background, that was where we slept and this is only a half hour of hiking.

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Again we had the trail to ourselves and went up Little Hump Mountain (5,459 ft) through a Bradley Gap and then up Hump Mountain.

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up….

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a break on some large rocks….

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and up….

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near melt down (how much more up can there be?) This was about 2 hours of climbing since we left camp.

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But once over the top, we headed back into the woods, out of the wind and enjoyed the mostly downhill hike back to the truck.

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I was surprised when un-packing, we used every thing we brought (except a couple items in the first aid kit) and finished with only one Clif Bar and a little trail mix! I packed perfectly!