Yesterday, Bill, Keith and I rode the complete Chequamegon course from Fish Hatchery to Telemark. I’ve been feeling kind of weird. Like I’m coming down with Ned’s cold, but it never gets worse. I never really got going too good, but was never really winded.
The course seemed really bumpy. Of course, it is going to be somewhat bumpy since it is a MTB race, but if you’ve done Chequamegon before, you know that it isn’t a typical MTB race. Of the 40 mile distance, only 10 miles or so are on the Birkie Trail, which is a singletrack down the middle of a nordic ski trail. The rest is either on gravel roads, logging roads and/or double track snow mobile trail. They are dumping a lot of gravel on the roads this year. It is definitely slower than years past.
That being said, Bill and I rode it in about 2:19, which seemed pretty fast to me. We were missing the first 3 miles or so from Hayward to Fish Hatchery, but that is a pretty fast time. Gary has already moved the Chequamegon office over to the hut at Telemark, so it was nice seeing him and Trish.
I have to drive to Duluth and pick Trudi up at the airport this afternoon. She drove a BMC car to Detroit after the World Cup in Montreal and now is flying to Duluth. That’s it for the season for her. I know it seems early, but when it starts January 1 and is non stop until the middle of September, it is long. So, 3 months off and it starts all over again. It’s kind of crazy.
I’m not sure what we’re doing for a ride today. My legs are good, just this lingering cold/head ache thing. It’s only 39 degrees and wet out now, so maybe we’ll wait until after Duluth.