Wednesday, August 19, 2009
DH40 Final thoughts and why getting drunk in a race is not a bad idea.....
"Enjoy when you can, and endure when you must." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
DH40- It is in the books and the woulda-shoulda-coulda BS ended roughly 1 hour after they posted the results. 8th place out of 30 some odd starters. Considering I stopped and drank each and every lap I am pretty happy with that result.
40 miles of racing/riding- mostly singletrack. Simply put, it was a hard course that required your attention. Some said it was harder than some of the traditional 100 mile races because there was no road sections to break it up. I have not raced a 100, but I will say it was the hardest day I have ever spent on the bike- 24 Hours of Snowshoe is ranked in the mix but the 40 takes the prize for most pain that I paid for.
Crappy legs- What can I do when the levee breaks the night before and my behind passes only liquid as I was a human fire hose? Nada. Next AM, more the same.
Heat- It was f'ing hot!
Beer and a lei for each lap- I am not sure if it was the best formula for a result...I had not planned on doing the race in that fashion but it worked out. Some have hypothesized that it was for the best and it may have helped, but I am not sure about that. 5 minutes plus for each stop (I did not stop any other time other than crashing and getting a little liquid going into lap 4...that I am pretty proud of) added a bunch of time to the clock. And since I don't really drink I am not sure what the effect was on me. I know the first beer got me rocked full tilt- empty stomach drinking coupled with a severe need for liquids does wonders for the tolerance.
The final analysis is that I had fun. I am a little disappointed I did not have the legs I had hoped for (this race was one of my goals for the season) and that I did not honor the race the way I had intended but there is not much I can do about that now. Sometimes you have to roll with what you got and on that Sunday I did the best I could. And at the time, having a few beers in the woods with 300+ of my closest friends did not seem like a bad idea.