http://www.charlottemtnbike.com/short-trackhome.htm starts this Sunday, January 15th. This event is significant for me because it marks the four year anniversary of my first bike race ever. I started in Beginner Men 40+. I had done a little bit of road riding and precious little MTB riding at that time. I started in the rear of the field. I was just about too nervous to pedal by the time we rolled off. I survived and had a heck of a good time. Through the years I've raced Beginner, Sport, Single Speed and Expert. I raced 26" hardtail, 26" full suspension, 29er hardtail and 29er full suspension. At times I've opted for a cyclocross bike in both geared and ss classes. I've raced in the warm and the cold, wet or dry and even snow and ice. One thing has never changed though: it's always an incredibly intense 30, 45, or 60 minutes of racing. Just when I think, "I can't do one more lap" I hear Neal call out "Three laps to go!" and I think "...I can do three more laps" and I do.
And so can you.
A lot of things may be changing for my 2012 season. I still have a lot of questions I have left unanswered and although I am not training specifically for results in Sunday's race I will be there, no matter the weather, on a rigid SS going 1/2 heartbeat BVT (Below Vomit Threshold).
See you on the trails!
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