Saturday, April 14, 2007
The First race of the Georgia State MountainBike Championships was a huge success. The temperature was right around 32 degrees when folks started rolling into ArrowHead Park on Lake Tobosofkee. There were Cannondale Demo Bikes for people to ride, Concessions from Roly Poly Wraps, and New Toyota Tundra Trucks for people to ogle over from Butler Toyota.
Cassidy and I got an early start and ate at Cracker Barrell on Eisenhower Pkwy at 7:00 am. The parking lot was full of cars with bikes strapped on as we left. We got to ArrowHead Park in plenty of time for Cassidy to get acclamated to the cold. She had on Two pair of Sweat pants, Two Shirts, Thomson Beanie hat, Gloves and a Sweater. There were 6 Boys and Girls in her 9-11 Kids Race. They did three laps over to the Trail head and back starting in the Corrall below the Pavillion. Cassidy came in Third Place! She was soo proud and so was I. That makes Three Trophies in the past Three Weekends for her.
Since I have been doing my fair share of Trail work latley, I believed my Trail Karma is Peak. I decided to put my Race in the hands of the Trail Gods and race Bare. No, not that bare! I had weighed my Camel Bak the day before, full of water, pump, tubes, and tools. It tipped the scales at 25 Pounds! I decided I would only carry a water bottle in the Race and see if sheding those Pounds would help. Although I did cut my time cosiderably I don't think it really helped me. I am just SLOW, I was still the last finisher. I did run a personal best lap time for that course of 41 minutes. I really enjoyed the race, there were people cheering me on around every corner and at the top of all the hills. I had no mechanical problems and my bike rode flawlessly.
Photo Courtesy of Mark D (I forgot my Camera)