|Mt Hood 50M Finish!|
The weekend after TOE 50M I rode Pickett's Charge MTB race. A 25 mile single track event in Central Oregon. This was my first exposure to some of the trails in High Cascades100M. I was really beat going into the race. Since I also signed up for Monday night Short Track Racing and Tuesday night Trail Series runs I was simply spent. Too much! However, I rallied and was glad I did. It was a great event and the trail system was incredible! I was challenged not only physically but mentally too. The twisty lava filled single track was different and took some focus. As a novice MTBer I was nervous most of the race. Although, I got better and better as the day progressed being faster on my second loop! Now I had a minor glimpse of what was coming in 4 very short weeks!
|Short Track Racing|
I had no training plan but rather a "do what I can in between races" approach. I didn't rest much after Picketts since Short track was Monday night and the Trail Series Race followed on Tuesday. Both these venues push my anaerobic threshold to its limit. I am nearly at max for 30 minutes on both these days. It's great training for a slugger. For the MTB I get massive skill building plus it's a serious "race" environment which is good for me. On Tuesday I get to "race" on the trails for a short, fast and intense 45-60 minutes. Again, something I never do so the benefits are numerous. Not to mention both are so much fun I can't stay away!
|Just one of the views!|
|High Cascades 100 start|
With High Cascades my focus I tried to ride the course as much as I could. Bill and I rode parts of the course 2 other times. All together I got see about 60 miles of the course. The final route was not posted and was not yet final. The snow levels around Mt. Bachelor were still in question almost up to race day. The 60 miles we did ride was enough for me to wonder how the hell I was going to get this done under the cutoff. I thought Leadville was challenging but I was in for a new kind of challenge. Leadville has so many riders it makes riding your own race almost impossible unless you're in the front. Oh, and you can't breathe there. The course is not that challenging. High Cascades 100M has 12,000 feet of climbing and more than 80 miles of single track. It's not a straight single track either! I was looking forward to the experience and the adrenaline filled day. It felt like the difference between Javelina 100M and Wasatch 100M. High Cascades is a course of survival which is right up my alley. Could I make the 14 hour cutoff, emerge with all my body parts and not too much Lava rash?
|I was working hard at mile 80|
I finished in 12:42 and had the time of my life! I gained skills and more respect for myself and MTBer. I am a better rider than I give myself credit for finishing 3rd in my division. I rode stuff I wouldn't have considered attempting 3 short months ago. I've gained a tremendous amount of power on the bike. The raw strength it takes to muscle up and over things. I have been working on that type of "force" and it has paid. Unlike Leadville 100 MTB the people were gracious and encouraging. I didn't feel that at Leadville until I got past mile 70 and I was with folks more my speed. High Cascades 100M MTB race is a gem and as soon as riders become aware of this race it will fill fast. The views and terrain are breathtaking. I need a do again!
|Portland Trail Series Races|
So far this summer has been incredibly fun and fulfilling! It's not over yet and I can't I still have some new interesting races on the books.