Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Darkhorse 40 recap
This weekend started well enough with Jocelyn's mom, brother and niece coming in from Ohio on Friday. I opted out of the jaunt to the Statue of Liberty on Saturday knowing that being on your feet for many hours in the 95* heat the day before the biggest race of the year is probably not a good idea. In the end I wish I would have gone.
Sunday morning warming up I felt good enough, the legs felt somewhat snappy and the bike was working flawlessly. What could go wrong?
My start was good just sitting in at third wheel, trying to conserve as much energy as possible. Jesse up front, Jason Sayer second and me. For the first lap I was hanging on as best as I could getting gaped a little here and there as Jesse and Jason drove the train. Going into the second lap I ended up in front and probably gave a little more than I should have, because as soon as I let up a little they went by and I had nothing left to respond. The thoughts of just sitting down and hanging out for the rest of the day crept into my head shortly after and coming around on the second lap I pulled the pin. That's it, day over, I sat down with the family and tried to make up for the fun I missed on Saturday. In the following hours I consumed 1 half chicken, a pound of pasta salad, about 14 ice pops (did I mention It was F*ing hot out), and like 12 iced teas.
The 2009 Darkhorse 40 was a lot of fun, but not for the racing (at least for me) It was fun because of the people that were there.
Thanks everyone, This is why we race.