I had a really great day yesterday.
Booked in for the 100km but after a ride out at Wombat in the wet & slush 2 weeks ago with Paul from link2trail
, and all the recent rain, I changed my entry to the 50km during the week. Upon arrival for registration on Saturday afternoon someone
suggested that if I hadn't altered my rego, she would switch back to the 100 with me.
I never need much encouragement to do something silly, so switched back to the 100, but felt great about it. Race morning arrived & Blaze, j9 & I rolled up to a brilliant looking day. There were a couple of people occasionally passing me, but I spent most of my ride alone. Very soon after I was where I expected to be - at the back of the pack. I have to say that compared to two weeks ago, the trails were in fantastic conditions. The Wombat MTB club had obviously done a huge amount of work.
I eventually arrived at the first feed spot at 42 km, to be greeted with enthusiasm by the people there saying "Hi Heather, how's your ride been?" Do I know you???
had worded them up on my name
Despite my slow speed I was having great time & really enjoying myself. But soon after the tracks took a significant upward trend and my general lack of skills & fitness took over
At one of the many check points I heard that the bloke that I had passed (yes, I did pass someone) had pulled out, so I was obviously last in the 100 group. Some time later, there was a motorbike coming along the trails behind me. WTF????
I need to stop at one spot (oxygen requirement), so pulled over to let the motorbike go by. At which he tells me he was the sweep bike. Crap. Second time in 2 weeks I had the sweep vehicle behind me - happened at Froot Loop as well
This was a really hard ride for me, and I decided I need to stop once I got back to Cammeray Waters. Finished with almost 60 km on the speedo, totally buggered & spent. But absolutely brilliant was the free beer they gave out as you crossed the finish line. The guy on the PA came over to interview me, saying he had never seen a woman finish a beer so quickly. I told him he obviosly hadn't seen me drink beer before
(at least 45 seconds, it was pure blonde).
Magnificent work on the tracks by the organisers, and I had a really great day. Big thanks to Blaze & j9 for a fun weekend