Sport 45-54, 6 of 8, 9'51" min. off the lead (edit)
I was doing great for 1.5 laps. Strong start, 2nd place, racing all out but feeling strong. I slowed a bit; letting three others in my group pass and called out for them to catch the leader, Tim. Their response was not promising. I settled in behind as we began the first short single-track climb toward the pavement. The rider directly in front of me missed a shift and started to stall. As I continued to encourage him, we touched wheels and I finally had to dismount and run up the hill. End of race, burned all my matches on the run up and it took two laps to recover. I was so slow, as a school bus was passing me, the kids gave me the bird. I almost crashed on the third lap, on the short downhill section through the trees with the leaf litter followed by the left short uphill turn. I felt so bad, almost bad enough to DNF. It took a flask of Hammer Gel and two bottles of Accelerade before I recovered with a strong last lap.
I was well rested, fed, hydrated and warmed up. Next race, I'll take gel at least every lap and drink every 15 minutes to maintain the effort. I'll also settle in behind the chase group and let them pull me at the start.
Barely in 2nd place overall. I really need a couple of podiums to stay in the top 5 at the end of the series.
P.S. Buji Block and Buji Wash are really keeping the PO away. http://www.bujiproducts.com/
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