|Dirty legs but you've got some place to go?|
Just put pants on.
Also, you may be wondering why I was staring at my watch rather than the perilous terrain that is the Glocester Grind... I had somewhere to be (Skyler's singing club scheduled its performance for 2pm - I made it).
|The one, the only, and the wicked hard core Karen Potter|
|Photo courtesy of Rob Paton|
This was one of the cleaner mud holes.
I hear that there were a lot of flats, crashes, and busted derailleurs, but I was fortunate enough to finish with everything in working order. It's been a few years since I've raced that course, and there have been some changes - it is running in the opposite directions now and there is a section of trail that goes straight through an area that has been clear-cut by loggers. I enjoyed the heck out of the super bony terrain and all of the brutally technical rock gardens, but the mud holes suck. My kit was almost spotless while my socks and shoes were completely caked with thick black muck. Yeah, it was the driest that course has ever been, and it was my kind of super techy course, but GEEEEEEEZ! If I'd wanted a mud treatment for my feet, I'd have gone to the spa! Just kidding; I don't "spa."
Anyhow, I guess I ended up finishing third because Crystal crashed pretty badly. I'm not sure what the times were, and I don't know if there were prizes. I finished the race at 1:18, and was on the road to Skyler's gig at 1:30.
Big thanks to EFTA for putting on such a killer race. I'm happy to have survived and enjoyed it. My bike is finally headed to DAS for what I like to call the "I keep my bike in the swamp when I'm not riding it tune-up." Make sure to check out the DAS Racing Blog to hear about Donnie D's adventure on the singlespeed today.