Thanks Kelly I think she scowled at mother nature and Mother nature stopped the rain. She doesn't read this
WOW what a story , Rain ,anxiety , not getting much ride time in.
First four laps was around 15th place which sucked but I was staying on pace. Derailleur problems big time in first two laps, a head full of snot form the cold I've had all week, rain, and just not sure if I would even make it 6 hours. But kept pluggin away , lap times running 54 mins to 1 hour 11 mins, essentially just trying to get 13th or so . I gave it all on what was to be my last lap and came in at 7 pm exactly Kelly told me and I decided what the heck I'll be pissed if I dont do the lap and find out later I messed up.
Well I hit it BIG Time Like a Rock star roaring through the woods like a 38 year old freight train singin"East bound and down loaded up and truckin we're gonna do what they say can't be done, Got a long way to go and a short time to get there. came in with three minutes to spare to close for comfort, with this decision I beat out two well respected riders usually guys who win races but per the conditions were probably having off days. Nevertheless. I ended up getting 9th out of 19 and that is OK by me.
From the planning and the pacing and the fuelling I was right on Kelly's help with checking times and getting my food was excellent. . Just glad the port o potties were clean.
I ended up with around 114 miles in 11 hours and 43 minutes due to a delay with the start time.
Well considering I don't get too serious about the races this was pretty darn cool . I have not raced since my last 12hr solo in spring of '06 and didn't ride the bike at all in '08
MY sigh at 20 seconds was geeze I just gave it all on that lap and now I must do this lap or I will be haunted.
What a day , Ok I got a pile of biscuits and gravy to eat.