|Jim Winklepleck is just out of the picture, off the front as we get ready to head into the singletrack on the first lap. Look at my shiny new Giant Anthem X 29-1! Thanks Cycle Works!! Photo: Heather Wolff|
My plan came close to working had it not been for a mouth full of PowerBar Gel Bites. On lap seven (of eight), I ravenously tore into a pack of gel bites, unfortunately a little too fast and dropped the entire package, so I had to get an entirely new one (my last one), which took me a long time to do. And when I finally got into the second package, I put the whole thing into my mouth so I didn't have to do it twice. So I had basically had a big mouth full of gummy bears... And that's when Lucas caught me -- as I was trying to chew 10 gummies simultaneously, and breathe at the same time while my heart was beating @175BPM. Yeah... not good.
|Back up-to-speed after my feed debacle... No, I wasn't too happy at this point. Photo: Heather Wolff|
So by the time I got all that crap inhaled (thankfully not into my lungs), I was able to get back up to full-speed, but the bummer was by that point, Lucas was at least a minute ahead of me, and we were so evenly matched that I couldn't make it up. I could ride his speed, but no faster. It was cool though. We had a good race. He earned it, and I know it's just the first of many great races to-come.
I'd like to thank Cycle Works and the Moose's Tooth for their support this season. My new Giant Anthem X-29 1 worked incredibly well out at Swanson. You might not think a course like Swanson is rough enough to warrant full suspension, but a quick check of both O-rings on my Giant reveals I was using every millimeter of the suspension travel. And I enjoyed the benefit of the bike's 100mm of travel on each of the eight laps I completed during the three hour enduro. Thanks again Team Rasta!!