A Big Blur
I didn't regret it at all.
A week after returning from the highlands we raced Iola, a total mud fest but not till 1/2 way through. I felt flat and ended up 5th after a mixup at the start. No legs to chase higher than that.
I got back to normal leading into Rhinelander and was determined to have a good result. Sometimes when I feel good I can't control myself on the first lap. I did that here and paid for it on lap 2 as Matter and Jesse took turns at the front. I detonated and crawled around for another lap with the hazards on, and decided to pull the plug. Yup I quit. I was pretty bummed and it took a couple days to get motivated again.
Chomping at the bit:
Big D did give a hell of leadout though, look at that teamwork!!
Going to Wausau, same goal: redemption. Felt great on the start, sitting top 5 comfortable, first bumpy section dropped my chain. Put it back on, got passed by 10 guys. Start going and drop it again on the next section. Put it on and lose another 10 spots, get going again. Then,same thing AGAIN. Then I realized I had not moved the chain guide back down after working on my bike. Smash that thing into place, chain back on, problem solved. Except now I'm in around 20th place, so full throttle up the big back hill past about 10 guys. Catch up to big D on some double track and he lays it down for me while I am absolutely crosseyed from the hill effort, back into the top 10. Thanks D!! Digging through the field for laps 2-3, last lap I finally get up to the 5th place, Tyler. Man it is tooth and nail getting in the top ten of WORS, the amount of great riders in stunning! I get up to Tyler Gauthier and suprisingly he lets me by, I ramp it up to try and bring back one more spot before the finish, then: squishy tire. Stop to try and air it, that works for about 20 feet, try again, no luck. No air left for a tube. 2 mile walk in, another DNF. But at least this one I felt good and rode a good race.
So, still result-less we head to Cam Rock and then Firecracker, in the search of that feeling of satisfaction I need from all the hard work and dedication that goes into this MTB racing thing. If at first you don't succeed...