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    Smile How did your season go?

    I've just finished the last XC race of my series on Sunday, came 1st in the Sport men! The finish was rather good as well... wheel to wheel with another rider until the last climb up to the finish line on the 4th lap, I then locked out my fork and sprinted out of the saddle to the line, won by about 50m To my suprise I had also put in the 4th fastest average laptime of the day out of all the seniors (inc. Expert/Elite). That has left me with a 2nd overall in the sport class for the series - not bad for my first season of racing XC don't you think!! I trained real hard for this last race and it really payed off, felt like I had endless stamina, and after a season of mainly 3rd places and one 1st it was good to finish on a high with another 1st at the last round. Heres a shot of me on sunday...

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    I now have two 24hr races planned for the winter, one in 3 weeks time (oh dear...)!

    How did all you guys get on this season?

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    long season

    This was my first year as well. I raced 21 times! Started good, had a bunch of mechanicals and poor finishes mid season, and ended with a win on the last XC race.

    24 HO Moab in three weeks, and then it's time to actually enjoy riding my bike for a while. I don't know what I'll do without a computer and HR monitor.... It sounds kinda scary.....

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    Funny, You guys are finishing and I am just starting. I have my first race next Saterday. Butterflies are going already. I hope to ride well. I know that I am going to be shocked by the speed of it though. I don't think you really have any idea what it is all about until you get out there and ride in a race. I think the speed is going to kill me. Oh well, here's hoping I survive. Wish me luck.

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    ups, downs, & a little bit of burnout

    congrats on your strong finish in your first season racing.

    my season had it's ups & downs. a couple podium finishes in 6 hr endurance events. a couple phenomenonal crashes in some XC events. my first road race in 4 years & my longest road ride ever (128.4 miles). and a whole lotta burnout. i pretty much stopped racing after i crashed in a race in June. i'll be doing a 24 hr race (as part of a 5 person coed team aiming for the podium) the weekend after this and then i'm done (or even more done than i have been) for the season and i can start thinking about how i want to approach next year. maybe a little road racing, some endurance mtb races, and a life outside training & racing. hmmm......

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    finished! whos finished, el ninio is gonna see to a nice long season this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *rt*
    a life outside training & racing. hmmm......rt
    Hey *rt*, don't know if you remember me from the early days of the RBR Racing forum when we were both Cat 4s and learning how to be racers...but I'm here to tell you, there is a life outside of training and racing!

    I quit racing 2 years ago, and now I have more fun on my bike than ever. If you are burning out, I highly recommend taking an extended break from racing. I never stopped riding, but not having the pressure of training and racing will do wonders for your cycling enjoyment.

    Except now I keep checking the local cyclocross schedule...must...stay...on...the...wagon...

    Good luck in your 24hr race and then enjoy your off-season!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BipedZed
    Hey *rt*, don't know if you remember me from the early days of the RBR Racing forum when we were both Cat 4s and learning how to be racers...but I'm here to tell you, there is a life outside of training and racing!

    I quit racing 2 years ago, and now I have more fun on my bike than ever. If you are burning out, I highly recommend taking an extended break from racing. I never stopped riding, but not having the pressure of training and racing will do wonders for your cycling enjoyment.

    Except now I keep checking the local cyclocross schedule...must...stay...on...the...wagon...

    Good luck in your 24hr race and then enjoy your off-season!
    hey! yep, that was a while ago. there is life outside racing and training?! awesome! hehe. i might take your advice and do a whole lot of nothing next year. my plan is to do the 24 hr race, then i'm off for a couple of days to NM to ride everything in sight for fun, and then take 2 weeks completely off the bike and make some decisions about how i want to do things.

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    I can't believe the end of the season is already so near. It seems like just yesterday I was packing up to head to NC for my first race of the season (Tsali Knobscorcher). My last race is this upcoming sunday (WV state series). Last summer I did my first race. This season I've done 10 thus far (will total out at 11). Not even close to being in contention for winning the series (sport class), but this season has definitley taught me the do's and don'ts for next seasons training. Unforunately my season has gone into something of a tailspin since August, stupid work/school Why can't my advisor understand? Training should always take priority over any dissertation work
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    I won the first race (Tsali), then had a couple (4 in a row) mechanicals when I was in the lead or top 3 of some sport or expert races (including sugar). Another highlight, though, I won my second crit ever (cat 4/5). So I took a break from racing for a while and decided to concentrate on running. So here I sit with a broken bone in my foot from the crazy start of a relay when someone stepped on my foot.
    better luck next time...

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    congrats on an awesome finish! Sport is a tuff class due to all the sandbaggers who tend to hang around.
    My season isnt over yet. I still have 2 races left in the California State Series and a few other "grass roots" races. There is also the Southridge Winter Series if i want to do it. So far i think its between one other guy and myself for the Cal State Series. I have 7 points on him but he could still beat me if i have a bad race or 2. My class is Expert and i race Single Speed primarily. I think i have about 17 races so far this year and all but a few are third place or higher so i'd say its been a decent season considering i've only been riding for a year (next month actually).

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    Sounds like you have all had a good time then and with some good results.... Isuckatriding, that is an awesome result for your first year!! Good luck on taking the series overall.

    Racing and training does certainly take its tole on other things in your life though... right now i'm getting it right in the ear from the GF about not spending enough time with her and being too tired to do stuff etc etc... I keep telling her all will be fine now the season is over, although I don't think she realises yet that i've got two 24hr races planned soon Problem is, I am completely addicted to this racing lark now so I can forsee further issues....

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    I had a great season. Did 10 races about half road half MTB and got on the podium a bunch of times, even won a race I've been taking it wasy for the last couple weeks and will be doing my first Cyclcross race this Saturday I hate running, so this should be very intresting
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    Like kmoses I have my final race this Sunday, the WV series championship. To be honest I am totally burnt out and in no way looking forward to the race. This will be my 22nd race of the year, 8 road races, 14 mtb races. Going into the race I am in third place. To make sure I keep third I have to finish in the top seven. The only way I can move up is if one of the top two guys have a terrible race or a mechanical. I really hope this doesn't happen since we have become friends and I would hate to see something bad happen to either of them. Plus they have worked their butts off all year.

    What sucks though is that I messed up my knee pre-riding the course on Tuesday. I cracked my knee on the stem really hard, brought a couple tears to my eye. Yesterday I thought I was alright, went out for a pretty tough road ride where we climbed 1500 feet in about three or four miles. Everything was fine until we finished the last climb. All of a sudden I went from putting out 350 - 400 watts to barely being able to hold 175 - 200 watts. My knee just couldn't take it. I imediately got on the phone, called my chiropractor and asked if I could stop by. He told me to get there by 8:00. He checked me out and did some accupuncture on me. He is going to do it again tomorrow. Hopefully I'll be able to race Sunday. If I miss the race I'll fall to fourth overall for the season.

    Oh yeah, there are definitely pluses to having a chiropractor that races vet expert.
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    Hey lowcel - here is a bit of what you missed on sunday at black bear. Noticed how far back I'm pulling my brake levers. I also got my foot down to stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LowCel
    Like kmoses I have my final race this Sunday, the WV series championship. To be honest I am totally burnt out and in no way looking forward to the race. This will be my 22nd race of the year, 8 road races, 14 mtb races. Going into the race I am in third place. To make sure I keep third I have to finish in the top seven. The only way I can move up is if one of the top two guys have a terrible race or a mechanical. I really hope this doesn't happen since we have become friends and I would hate to see something bad happen to either of them. Plus they have worked their butts off all year.
    I was feeling like you before our last XC series race. I just wanted it to be over with, and really didn't care about the results..... I won that race (my first win)! I still got bumped out of 3rd overall into 4th, but boy am I motivated to win (or upgrade to expert...) next year.It's funny how the elimination of pressure and stress really is the key sometimes.....

    I've done that with my knee. It took a couple days and then I felt 100%.

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    Iím fairly pleased with my season, itís not over yet. I dabbled in racing for the last few years. This year I decided to focus on the California State series, expert SS class. Itís an open age class, so Iím the old man racing against some who are nearly 2 decades younger (about the age of my own kids). For most of the season Iíve held onto 1st place with consistent top 5 finishes. Now Iím recovering from a couple of injuries and will probably end up 4th or 5th in state. The top competitors are really strong right now and are kicking my ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SScheetz
    Iím fairly pleased with my season, itís not over yet. I dabbled in racing for the last few years. This year I decided to focus on the California State series, expert SS class. Itís an open age class, so Iím the old man racing against some who are nearly 2 decades younger (about the age of my own kids). For most of the season Iíve held onto 1st place with consistent top 5 finishes. Now Iím recovering from a couple of injuries and will probably end up 4th or 5th in state. The top competitors are really strong right now and are kicking my ass.
    MARK! Its Dan Wilcox. Dont let this old man fool you guys, he's an animal! It looks like the series is between Eric Beirman and myself for first and second and between John and yourself for third/fourth. I think you can take John if you play it right. You guys are tied for points as of now, correct? Hopefully i can beat Eric again at least once. I think i'm 7 points up on him if you count both our top 4 races as of now so i think i have a chance. It would be cool if you, Eric and myself were all on the podium at the finals!

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    Hey buddy! Contgrats on the strong finish in Whiskytown. I didnít think any of us would go that far north.

    Quote Originally Posted by ISuckAtRiding
    It looks like the series is between Eric Beirman and myself for first and second and between John and yourself for third/fourth.
    Thatís pretty much the way I see it. You have strong chance of taking it all. Eric was impressed with your performance at Elings.

    Quote Originally Posted by ISuckAtRiding
    I think you can take John if you play it right. You guys are tied for points as of now, correct?
    Yup. Johnís riding strong; it will be a battle for me. I jacked up my ankle so my training has been on hold. Itís healing quickly; I should be good for a fight at the final in Castaic.

    Quote Originally Posted by ISuckAtRiding
    It would be cool if you, Eric and myself were all on the podium at the finals!
    That would be cool.

    ISuckAtRiding, yeah Ö funny.

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    Good job!

    Mine went pretty much according to plan for the first year ever. I was on the podium most every race. Got a couple of wins. Was "robbed" of a win in the one race I was really on. The guy was a experienced road racer and it was his first mountain bike race. He smoked us, and a few weeks later win on to win his first semi-pro race. At a national no less. Good thing he is a nice guy. But I digress.

    Didn't do as well as I had wanted in two series placings, but that could be attributed to less pre-season focus on series placings. That and a couple of DNFs.

    I'm ready to upgrade, which was a pre-season goal and long time goal. I guess it's back to mid-pack for a while.

    Congratulations to the rest of you on your seasons.

    PS Now it's time for a little no-fitness, having my a$$ handed to me cyclocross.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin
    couple weeks and will be doing my first Cyclcross race this Saturday I hate running, so this should be very intresting
    I hate running too. It's such a primitive form of transportation.

    You'll be so focused on dismounting and remounting that you'll forget about the running part. That and your heart will feel like it's pounding in your head. You won't even know where you are. Good Luck!

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    How did I do? I didnt make it to the podium. I did take home a lot of schwag to offset a couple of dfl's. . Its not impossible but I will say its very difficult to get to the podium when your on the backside of the 40-49 and 50+ age groups. I am going to race again next year and read all the BS about if you only ride more and train harder you can get to the top of the podium. BTW if you race enough road and mountain you may wonder if the playing field is really level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SScheetz
    Hey buddy! Contgrats on the strong finish in Whiskytown. I didnít think any of us would go that far north.


    Thatís pretty much the way I see it. You have strong chance of taking it all. Eric was impressed with your performance at Elings.


    Yup. Johnís riding strong; it will be a battle for me. I jacked up my ankle so my training has been on hold. Itís healing quickly; I should be good for a fight at the final in Castaic.


    That would be cool.

    ISuckAtRiding, yeah Ö funny.

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    Yea i wasnt really planning on going to Whiskeytown but a few friends were going so i said screw it. I only had one other person in my class and we had a decent night of drinking so i took it mellow. The first place guy took off right away so i just rode with a buddy for a bit and had fun.
    I hope i can keep Eric behind me for at least one more race. It would be awesome to take the series. I was really suprised i beat him at Elings because he hosed me at Bonelli. Not sure if i got stronger or if he just had a bad day. My guess is i'll deffinately have to look out for him though.
    Take care of that ankle. I dont want you putting a whippin on me with a ace bandage still on! John is strong but so are you and i think you have the experience to take him. I've been noticing a trend with him.... he follows for the first 1/3 of the race, goes in for a pass and mantains it for maybe the 2nd third, but pushes it a bit too hard and bonks before the end. almost every race i've done with him has gone exactly like that. Hold a steady pace and end as strong as you can and i think you'll get it. i usually save a bit for the last 5 miles or so then really hammer it out if i need to. but then again i've always been a procrastinator......

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    Finished top 10 in one race...DNF'ed in the subsequent 3. Haven't raced since july due to an overload of work. Now i am in Texas and riding again. Maybe next season?

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    ... and if we just ... Big bear and finals

    Quote Originally Posted by SScheetz
    Hey buddy! Contgrats on the strong finish in Whiskytown. I didnít think any of us would go that far north.


    Thatís pretty much the way I see it. You have strong chance of taking it all. Eric was impressed with your performance at Elings.


    Yup. Johnís riding strong; it will be a battle for me. I jacked up my ankle so my training has been on hold. Itís healing quickly; I should be good for a fight at the final in Castaic.


    That would be cool.

    ISuckAtRiding, yeah Ö funny.

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    I haven't gotten into racing mode yet, but my season went quite well. I did a couple of epic rides and surprised myself with the times I was able to do them in, lost some more weight, built some more muscle, put a heck of a lot of distance under the wheels and may think about entering some local races next year.

    Congrats to all those who did race this year, regardless of the successes and failures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjaboot
    Are you guys going to hit up big bear this weekend? If not good luck at castaic, see you there.
    i'll be at both. pink Bianchi P.U.S.S. and a blue/white Action Cyclery jersery on as always. Good luck to you too!
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    Oh yeah, I know who you are. Hard to miss the ss pink bike.. I'll try to say Hi as you pass me. I'll one of the guys in green from the spatdog team on fisher sugar or hkek.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BipedZed
    I quit racing 2 years ago, and now I have more fun on my bike than ever. If you are burning out, I highly recommend taking an extended break from racing. I never stopped riding, but not having the pressure of training and racing will do wonders for your cycling enjoyment.

    Except now I keep checking the local cyclocross schedule...must...stay...on...the...wagon...

    Good luck in your 24hr race and then enjoy your off-season!
    I raced for ten years (expert for 8), then slacked off for several years, because I was burned out on it. What brought me back were some of the longer point to point type races. I entered Syllamo's Revenge (50 miles, all single track with 6800' elevation) and came out with a surprise 6th place in 40+. Then rode ORAMM (notice I said RODE not RACED) and finished like 12th in my class, next year I'll be back to race it.
    The few Cross Country races I've done I finished 1st or 2nd in expert master and second overall in a screwed up 6 hour.

    I'm a little mixed up now, in a couple of days, I'm doing my first Cyclocross race in a few years and at the end of the month my first 24 hour race

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    Quote Originally Posted by ninjaboot
    Oh yeah, I know who you are. Hard to miss the ss pink bike.. I'll try to say Hi as you pass me. I'll one of the guys in green from the spatdog team on fisher sugar or hkek.
    My ankle is fine now so Iíll be at Big Bear and Castaic with no excuses. Iím on the big green machine , Kona Unit 2-9, green Coates jersey. Iíll be pretending to chase Dan around the course as he gains several minutes on me. Honestly Dan, you have gained strength over the season and I think youíll stay ahead of Eric if you perform as well as you did at Elings. He mentioned how you pulled away from him on the pavement climb.

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    Ahhhhhh thank god its almost over......

    Had a slow start this spring but blew it up from June to now....a few regional podiums and a state championship secured ....However, I am totally burned out and have about 3 races left... ....the next 2 being my first Expert races and the last being a 24Hr that I am actually excited for (im guessin its the same one Santacruzer is attending)... And im sure ill talk myself into a few Bamacross CX races this year..but definately just for fun...I hope

    Glad to know everybody is feeling the same way I suppose...

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    [QUOTE=SScheetz]My ankle is fine now so Iíll be at Big Bear and Castaic with no excuses. Iím on the big green machine , Kona Unit 2-9, green Coates jersey. Iíll be pretending to chase Dan around the course as he gains several minutes on me. Honestly Dan, you have gained strength over the season and I think youíll stay ahead of Eric if you perform as well as you did at Elings. He mentioned how you pulled away from him on the pavement climb.[/QUOTE

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    Dan and Mark good luck at the Fall Classic! I won't able to make because I'm in Kansas with my airplane until the 20th of October. I guess when the military calls you don't have any options. I tried to get out of coming here and told them that it was a bad time and they said read between the lines, if you know what I mean. I guess somebodies got to defend the country. HaHa! Well good luck and I wish I could be there. See you guys at Castaic, finally we will be racing near my turf, not that, that will make much of a difference since all I can do for training will out here from Sept 25 to Oct 20. is run since I've got no bike out here to ride and to tell you the true it's extremely flat. Don't ever move out here if you want to keep riding bikes, it sucks!

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    So there you are, I knew you had to be on this forum somewhere. I kind of figured you might be military, Iím not sure what else you could do out at Edwards. Itís an honor competing with you and getting my butt handed to me at each race (when you donít have any mechanicals).

    Dang Ö Kansas? Sorry to hear about that. Are you a pilot? Thatís got to be rush.

    And thank you for defending our country! See you at Castaic.

    (opps, I "quick relied" to the wrong thread. You all can figure it out)

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    No, I'm not a pilot. I wish. I'm actually a aircraft mechanic. I'm on a new concept aircraft that will shoot a high power laser and blow up ballastic missile over the enemies(Saddam, Osama, anyone else that that wants to mess around) territory. This trip out here is for preparation for the aircraft to return to California after a year of being here in wonderful Wichita, Ks for some modifications. Well see you in Castaic hopefully it wont be to windy, I'm so tried of dealing with the wind up here in this part of the state. I return on Friday and hope to go pre-ride on either Fri. or Sat. since the race is only about 60 miles from my house. Where I'm living everything is 60 or more miles, so that is nothing. Good luck on Sunday, kick some ass. Think of me while your climbing those wonderful Snow Summit fireroads, I'm just kidding, I'd rather be doing that then turning wrenches in Kansas. See you on the 22nd.

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    man, has this thread been hijacked or what?

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    My best season ever

    I am now officially on training vacation as I have ridden maybe 3 times in the last 3 weeks, but I had my best season ever. I won the Indiana 40+ Expert title and took 12th overall in Expert. My goals were for the 40+ title and a top 10 overall, so I fell just a bit short, but am pleased nonetheless.

    I finally figured out that going 110% until you blow was not an effective race strategy. (I have always known it, but adrenaline takes over in a race) I guess turning 40 made me wiser.
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    I had a fun season. The coolest thing was starting the racing season while on a trip back east. I finshed third in that race and it finally gave my family a chance to see me race. I could'nt quite get on the podium back in Colorado, although I did manage to grab a handful of 4th places. Quite an improvement from last year. Most importantly, I ended this season in in the right frame of mind: Ready to go get next season.

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    All in all it was a great season for me. I started out kind of slow, with mostly mid pack finishes. Once I got out on the road more my speed definately came up. I ended up second at our Provincial Championship race in Senior Expert, beating last years champion by almost 2 minutes! I was 3rd in the points series which was where I was last year. I finished up the season with a couple of endurance races. I was on a two man team for the xc8 where we won the 2 person open category. Week after that I was off to the Canadian Rockies for Bow 80 where I was 23rd out of about 75 competitors. I wasn't out to race hard that one, just have fun, now that I look back on it I can think of things I could have done to move up into the top 15. Oh well, next year I'll come out with both guns blazzing.

    We have cross season starting up in a week, I've been training for that a bit and am looking forward to it. Last year I won a couple of races in Cat4. This year I'd like to podium in Cat3.

    Next year I'll be a Master, eek! I think I should be able to be the Master Expert provincial champion, but there will be some stiff competition. I also plan on doing some more endurance races including perhaps the Test of Metal. Perhaps some road races too if I have the time, although just the local ones, traveling to ride on the road is not my thing.

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    well, the start was really shakey with three dnf's in a row. then i had a 7, 6, 4and 5th place finish in exp. 30-39.
    feeling a bit burnt. one more to go this weekend. should be interesting. legs just arent feeling right.
    gonna take a little break and then try cross again. did one last year. it was fun. think Ill try more this year.
    after cross im looking forward to long easyish rides in the blistering cold. thanks, everybody for sharing. hope you have a nice winter.
    noah

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    Had a good season. Raced my first 12 hour solo. Couple top 3 spots in two other 12 hour team events. Finished them all, being our state XC series, TTs, and point to point endurance races(18 or so total) and placed decent enough in most. Did a 50 mile race(mtb) 2 weeks ago, and then the 6 Gap century last week. Legs felt somewhat burnt the last half of the season. But, after taking the most of the last 6-7 days off, I now feel better then I have all friggin summer. Amazing.

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    One Helluva Season!

    Hey Guys since my series is finally over I'll give ya the dirt. I've been riding for a long time and I did my first race at Ringwood at the end of 2005. Started in the sport field and got my butt handed to me - that and I had a flat and hit a tree but that's besides the point. So this year I figure I'd try the entire Campmor H2H Series in Sport and see how that goes. Well after 5 top 5's including a 3rd, a 2nd, and 2 - 1st places I'm VERY satisfied with how things went. These all came at the end of the season where I guess the legs and lungs just started to respond very well. I was hoping to maybe get a top 10 in the series. I needed to beat one racer yesterday at Ringwood and I accomplished that to clinch the series win!!! What a race - I knew the park and just laid it all out on the line and trashed the legs...but I accomplished my goal. What a rush. The whole second lap I had a lead and I was just thinking - please no mechanicals...please no mechanicals...

    And as far as outside of the series I did my first 24 hour solo race at the 24 of Allamuchy and I finished 5th of 23 with 10 laps for a total of 95 miles. I can't believe I did that myself. So I have the 50k at Allamuchy, maybe the Darkness at 909, and maybe the Williams Lake Revenge race to cap off the season. Either way it was an awesome season. The jump to expert next year is going to be no joke. It's time for a lot of winter miles to prepare for these beasts I'm going to have to compete with!

    Ryan H.

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