Tuesday, November 06, 2007
"I guess you get what you asked for?"
After IM this year, I figure I do something different.
Xterra, Adventure Racing, I even found a IronMan distance Xterra race on the web.
Even thou my skill level is novice at best, C'mon Mountain Biking can't be all that hard?
So After a short trail run, about six of us from the TRi club did something different. Single track Mountain biking, basically means follow the leader around the trails. So for some brainy reason, I left my nutrition back at the car. I'll be okay, for about two hours, no problem riding though roots, rocks, and little tree stumps. But after awhile I got pretty nervous just riding my bike. As everybody was cruising along, I sat at the back trying to keep up. At one point the group split and the lead pack missed the turn marker and me my fellow TRi club member took the correct route.
Hmm, almost 2 hours out here, I was starting to get really tired, starting to actually bonk from lack of nutrition. Something you never want to do when you need 100% concentration on the trails. So how many times did I hit the ground, not once, twice, yup three frickin times.
I have never fallen off my bike that many times before. The worst was the last one, plunging my side into a nearby tree stump. So yes, my right side lower back is still numb and swollen. ooohh OUCH, I'm getting too old for this stuff.
At one time, I called my wife and told her I think I'm lost in these frick'in woods. I think I will be home later than I said.
But after 3 crashes and the lead bike having to run back for me, we made it back. So I realized these die hard mountain bikers are really the crazy ones out here.
But the good thing is that I found some great single track trail running out here. At least when I run I know I will be upright most of the time.