Well, the balloon has burst. Not to say that I consider myself in bad shape, just that all the guys who’ve been faster than me in the past, are still faster than me. I crossed the finish line in 6th out of 8 Expert Masters at the WVMBA Big Bear Lake race — par for the course. Then at the WVMBA Coopers Rock shindig I finished 5th of 5 finishers (one guy DNF’d) but still proud of the way I rode, despite the fact that Matt Marcus and Scott Root must have been flying, as they both beat me by over 25 minutes. Hats off to those guys (they take off-season training seriously, and it shows).
At least I had a cool Specialized Epic Marathon Carbon dual-suspension test bike to race on. That made my body feel a bit fresher, and saved the wear and tear on the old back.
The racing felt good, in a “blow out the carbon from the pipes” and/or “hacking-up-a-lung” sort of way. Still, I think I’ll take a bit of time off the racing circuit and get in some long solo training rides on the road bike before I throw down again.