I will never need much of an excuse to pack up the car and make the trek South to the Nordic Centre in Canmore for a bike race, and this past weekend's race was no exception.
I haven't exactly had any major goals or focus for bike racing this summer - a new job and moving has taken up more time than I'd like to admit, which has cut into my cycling time significantly. Not just training time, but even just the time to plan out the season and pick and choose training blocks, goals, etc. So I went into this 6 hour race without any high expectations, although with what I thought was a decent performance the weekend previous, I was hoping to build off that.
Temperatures were perfect at the Nordic Centre for a day of racing - not too hot, not too cold - and it would even sprinkle a bit of rain later on in the day. It didn't take me long to realize it wasn't going to be my day. After the 1st lap, I could tell I wasn't firing on all cylinders. I managed to fake my way through laps 2 and 3 with decent times, but starting at lap 4, I started to watch my times drop off. I was having a tough time getting my HR up, and having a bit of breathing problems (which I'm hoping isn't the return of my childhood asthma...)
Laps 5 and 6 were a slog, and I was definitely happy to roll across the line knowing I wouldn't have time to sneak in a 7th lap.
Shockingly, even though I felt like I was nowhere near racing at my best, I rolled across the line in 6th place. Let's call it a training race... ;)
A huge thanks to the Deadgoat crew and volunteers for hosting a stellar event. Great weather, great trails, and a great event!
Next up for me - an 8 hour race in Golden, BC. As always, thanks for reading!