Well, that isn’t completely true. Yesterday I did the whole Chequamegon course and I can’t really say that I can complain about how much my thumb worked and hurt. It sort of worked and was only pretty painful most of the time. I did a bunch of shifting with my left hand. But, it worked. I was riding pretty good, nearly great, so I can’t say that yesterday went badly.
But, when I got back to the ranch, I got a message from Stacie that she “needed” to talk to me. I did really have a clue about what that was going to be about because I sent her the MRI and it wasn’t going to be there until Saturday. But, she had usurped that process and directly called the radiologist that had read the MRI. It was bad news. Lots of things wrong. Pretty wrong. At least wrong enough that someone is going to have to cut into it to make it work. I have an email from her this morning already saying I need to call her. Probably not more great news.
So, I’m a bit overwhelmed. In denial. I think I’m just going to let it soak in a little.
I did get to ride 3 hours yesterday in the woods. The Chequamegon course is faster than shit. Too fast for me. Bill and I rode the course from Rosie’s Field to the finish in 2:25 and we weren’t even riding hard. It rained a bunch two nights ago so the ground was perfect. I was riding a semi-slick rear tire and it didn’t slip once.
Really this race isn’t for a guy like me anymore. I need a more technical course. If the course was the same as it was even 10 years ago, it would be fine. I’m riding well enough. At least at 75%. I rode the Fire Tower Climb in my big ring the whole way. It was a smidgen loose the last pitch, but nothing to be concerned about. It depends how animated the guys are tomorrow, but if it is rolling along good, the race will be under 2 hours, which will be a course record. I’m not much into course records for MTB races. Here, the course changes some every year. This year it is shorter the last couple miles, so the finish is much faster than previously.
Hopefully I don’t get too excited today and start tomorrow tired. I’m tired this morning, but that is always the case after riding 50 miles on a MTB bike. Okay, I guess I need to make the call and get the news.