For starters I have never raced well here and the short hills seem to kill me so I never look forward to this race. Throw in a muddy course and rain as I was driving down and I was really beginning to wonder how rough it was going to be as one other year we had a muddy course and I finished dead last and my time was well over two hours! As I got there the first bit of good news came in that the race was shortened from three laps to two laps! I didn’t really warm up and figured I would just ride for fun and try and stay upright. With the weather it was a light group but as usual our 40-49 group was the biggest and I went into the woods around 12th out of 14 and just followed the guy in front of me for a few miles until he spun out on a hill and let me go in front of him. From this point on I was able to find a good pace and catch another guy and keep a fellow racer behind me for the first lap. Shortly before the end of the lap I smashed my little toe on a root and knew it hurt like crazy (later it was completely swollen and purple) but I had a lap to go so I just blocked it out! As I began the second lap I used the first hill to distance myself from the guy who had followed me all of the lap 1 and with only a second lap I was able to maintain that pace the rest of the way. I am not sure what the difference was this year but I was able to ride most of the course in the big ring, even most of the hills, which wasn’t normal and my lap times despite the conditions were only a couple minutes off my normal times when the course has been dry. I was very pleased with the race and finished 24th of 29 which for me and at this course is a good result. I normally don’t beat five when we have 45+ in the field so it was a good result for me! I have to say it was kind of fun to race in the conditions as normally I won’t go near a wet trail as I don’t want to damage the trail or my bike! It did do a number on my bike and I will need to fix some things prior to the next race at VSP! With how I felt I am looking forward to a dry course at VSP and see if I am getting stronger again as the year goes on. Last year’s 10,000 miles kinda took it out of me and I haven’t been riding as much, but I am starting to feel like the legs are coming back finally! See you all at the next race!!! And again a huge thanks to Adventures Recreation & Gear for the opportunity to represent them!