I'll tell you, the 20ish person start we had was SOOOOOO much nicer than the huge mess of the advanced start. I led out and couldn't help but notice the 20 person line waiting to get in the singletrack STANDING at the top of the switchback climb as we hit the bottom. The line cleared out just in time for us to start the process of picking through the back end of the advanced field that started 2 minutes ahead of us. Hitting the the singletrack it was me in first, some advanced rider, and then Larry. Not wanting to take advantage of the rider between us, I didn't try to move up until Larry got right on my wheel, then we started passing riders in the singletrack as they moved over to let us by. At some point I heard some tangling behind me and realized Larry had some trouble. Finished out the lap with Larry 10 seconds or so back. After that it was a quagmire of riders that I would do my best to beat up the climb, coerce to let me by in the singletrack, and sprint by on the hill traverses. I never saw Larry again, I rolled in for first, collecting beer vouchers in the process. FYI, my breathing was not perfect, but quite a bit better.
And yes, I did go out for a 4th lap. I did not race it as I was not racing, but I did keep pace with those around me. The oddest thing was dabbing slightly in a corner towards the end and having my upper calf completely lock up for 10 seconds. My calf is in a decent amount of pain still, I limp everywhere I go. Such an odd thing to happen as I have not cramped since last year, much less in such a short race.
After the finish I think there is a new Tri Family tradition. I roll through the parking lot cooling down with Abi my 4 year old on her Strider next to me, and me holding Seely in one arm.
|Abi crushing it right at the start. There were maybe 10 kids total, most out of view.|
Abi would then go on to DOMINATE her kid's heat once again, finishing with second place out of view. Brendan was a no show this week. Probably because we had $5 riding on last weeks kid's race and my daughter whooped on his. Will he hide from me all year trying to avoid paying me my money???