Special permission was granted for today's race. ...my army days playgound... who could ever forget. Anyone who ever dug a foxhole and shellscrape during basic military training, its probably here. Was entertaining the nostalgic blood & sweat moments when signing up for today's event... thought we would be romping through all the slopes in the forest which would certainly be TUFA's turf but that was not to be.
My Moonlander, The UnFair Advantage turns out to be unfairly disadvantaged actually...but all the wrongs did made something right in retrospect. Certainly not during the 3+ hours climbing, climbing and more climbing...@ 6.8psi. 12psi would have been better but I was just too lazy to pump it up...
The race route was all but loose hard gravel or roads broken down by the armored vehicles that ply this place in normal time... More climbs in 1 day than I probably do in a year of riding. My Navajo Rain Dance ritual probably missed a step or 2 the night before. For all my fervent asking, it didn't work... almost bone dry today in this wet season. Next time I'll remember to dab mud on the face first...
Virus and me holding the Fattie War Flag ... among a sea of tricked out weenie carbon 29ers and other xc blings of the mtb world...
|2 tattooed dudes with 2 oddballs. Attention? Oh ya, you bet...|
These dudes are regulars at race scenes and look deadpan serious as usual.
|One Moon to another: |
"Hey dude whaddaya think is our chance of a podium"
"Pray they all flat on the pointy gravel. Pray brother. Pray"
We shrugged it off...Oh well we didn't even have clipless plus those squishies on hard loose gravels... Good luck to us.
King of Fruits. What better food to load up on. Screw Power Gel .. not when Mother Nature provideth right on the race trail itself... Yea!
Guess it doesn't look all that serious...but I did time my breaks. No more than the usual for such racing were wasted
Considering all things, must say not too bad. 3hr+ 8.9km x 5 loops. Forget podium but personally this is a a good comeback after a year of injury grinding it out under with the most unsuitable arrow in my quiver. Yup...looking forward to my next Pain Event... 2014 Sundown Ultramarathon.
I really like the casual atmosphere of the day too.. no big sponsor banners, loud MCs that chatter constantly and those accompanying blaring music that makes everything more carnival like. Everyone just come, hit it, go all out to finish up the race.
Just waiting for the official placing/timing and photos to come now...
|Post race aftermath...and wifey homemade banana pie... calories replenishment.|
Update.. oh that was fast
Below pics courtesy of SPIN Asia covering the event
|Grill grill grill those calves..|
|The signature sh!t eating grin-Virus: No matter how grueling., you'll never catch him looking tired|