Monday, July 27, 2009

Mount Snow Classic XC Race

Mount Snow Classic XC Race
Sunday, July 26, 2009

Location: Mount Snow, West Dover, Vermont

Turn out to the race was really good for the pro/cat1 open category (I am guessing over 30 again). Weather has good, bit cloudy and humid and 80 degrees.

I had a bunch of mechanical issues in this race. The freehub wasn’t working right. It would make a loud winding sound when I wasn’t pedaling. It was pretty annoying. Also my chain came off 5 times.  The three smallest rings of my cassette were packed with grass and mud thick enough that they didn’t work. That probably wasn’t too much of a disadvantage considering that everyone was probably having similar mud issues (except of Thom Parsons who was riding a single speed).  Also I had a flat tire on the last lap decent.  I am pretty sure I was in the top 10 before the flat but fell into the teens after.

The silver lining in it all is that now I know the things I need to fix before racing here again in a few weeks and windham for the east cup races.  Also I discovered the possibility of using the pond at he bottom of the course as a after race clean up place. I took a dip with Wheels and Burns after the race and it felt really good.  I Think I found a new Mount Snow tradition. 

I just registered last night for the east cup races. It was pretty pricey $65 per race.  I don’t get why it is so much more expensive fro the east cup race than it is for regional races.  I can do 5 regional races for the same price as two east cup races. I paid $25 dollars to race yesterday at mount snow.  In a few weeks I will race on the same course for $65.  Where dose the large additional expense fit in? more people sign up for the east cup races.  I would think the more people, the more profit, and the less that would need to be charged to make the race happen.  Despite the lofty price tag I am looking forward to both of these races and i plan on having a good time.

Monday, July 13, 2009

PATS PEAK MTB Festival,Henniker NH 2009

I went over to mount A and did some hill intervals on the access road 3 times in the past couple weeks in preparation for the upcoming ski mountain races. Pats Peak, Windham,  Regional Mount Snow race and national Mount Snow race.

On Sunday I raced the first one pats peak. The turn out was good; 30 something I think (didn’t count).  The weather was nice; around 80, sunny and dry but wet from the day before.

I think the mount A hill intervals helped because was feeling better than normal on the climbs  .It was short lived though by the last two laps (of 5 ) I was back to my normal slow and steady climbing. I came in 7th ( I was happy with that) here are the rest of the results…

Next weekend I  Andrew and I have hesitant plans to do some mountain biking @ mount A (mount a web site ).  Andrew had a good race at pats peak, coming in second! especially impressive because he won the 6 hour race the day before and the week before he did the 7 day BC bike race with Burns (came in 10th)!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Why Dose Realizing I Missed A Race Make Me Panic?

Why dose realizing I missed a race make me panic?

I missed last weekends race. The root 66 one in ware MA; I didn’t realize there was a race till about an hour before the start of the race so I went through my panic mode for about 10 min till I realized that there was no way I was going to make it before the start. I was a little bit disappointed in myself and that I was so worked up and worried about it.  I go to these races for fun (I thought) so why did I get so flustered.  Am I on some ego trip where I feel I need to ride my bike faster than others to prove myself?

If I am alone riding fast and no one is around to see or care the ride doesn’t feel quite as fulfilling as if I rode fast in a race that had an official result and witnesses to prove that I had rode fast. So I guess I to a degree I am a tool interested in trying to impress others. The need for acceptance is pretty common i suppose as humans are social animals, always doing stuff to be loved, get attention and respect.  If I didn’t care what anyone thought of me I would always we wearing the same sweat pants, I would ever shave and I would fart, pick my nose in public and wouldn’t race as much (if at all).

I suppose the same competitive drive (need to win and prove yourself) that make a person driven also makes them more susceptible to getting worried angry or depressed when things don’t go as planned.