I wanted to see what I had left in me. I wanted to make sure I was over my mystery illness that ruined my mountain bike racing season. I wanted to have fun.
I raced the M2T2 Mill Mountain Time Trial because it was short, and a really good test of strength. I know that I currently don't have the endurance I would need for a 2 hour XC race, but I could certainly last 20 minutes.
The weather was a bit warm, but not overwhelming. Air quality was slightly above average, since the nagging humidity decided to give us a break.
I warmed up with The Rev and Ryan by riding up the first part of Monument Trail, then did some tempo-type riding up the steady uphill grade of a nearby greenway. About 40 minutes of tooling around in all. I was surprisingly relaxed when my 1:07pm start time rolled around. Probably becasue my one and only goal was to have fun.
Smiley counted down from 10, then I was off. The stiff alley-way start didn't hurt nearly as much as I remember. Actually, nothing hurt as much as I remembered. After doing almost zero climbing this year, I was able to get through this race fairly easily. I finished in around 22 minutes. Lat year I was somewhere near 21 minutes. Not too bad for hardly training at all.
Enjoy some photos, ya'll.