Full recap to come, but I finished. Lungs were my biggest problem, but with care and my mask I warded off plenty of asthma flair ups. Considering how often I had to stop or slow down to calm the breathing down, I am stocked with my 7th place, 90 minutes back of the leaders.
I was raised in the "hood", self-taught to survive on scraps of old inner tubes and changing bike tires with my teeth. Life is a struggle for me not to be another statistic that so many become after being raised in a caucasion middle class family. I now am a husband, bike mechanic, land lord, stay at home dad, and wannabe mountain bike racer.