It’s early and cold, somewhere in the 30’s. It is not supposed to really get all that warm. That is my biggest worry today, trying to stay warm before and after the race. The race will take care of itself. I’m not too worried today. I can’t stay with the leaders, which is my biggest disappointment with this whole injury deal. I hate to miss the fireworks towards the end of the race, even if I’m just one of the guys getting ejected. I’m always curious to actually see what the key move is to the win. I’m not going to be horrible, I’ll be fine. This is my first race back after breaking my hip just 13 weeks ago, so I am actually mildly thrilled I can even be here.
The race is just under 40 miles and takes just a tad over two hours, which is screaming fast for a MTB race. It will be faster this year because of more logging roads.
I’m picking Brian Matter and Gina Rinehart as the men and women’s winner. I’d like to pick Michael Olheiser to win the men’s race, but just think that Brian always has another gear once we hit Telemark property. Outsider, not really, but recently, Jeff Hall is my pick to fill the men’s podium.
Okay, have to go throw more warm clothes in my finish bag. It is so easy freezing after this race.