Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Fontana, California

I really have been pretty terrible at updating lately so I figured I better do it before more happens. Just got back from Fontana, California. It was the second Pro XCT and typically a pretty big race. This year was no different. The first year I went there I wasn't as impressed with the course, but every year they seem to step up and build a better course. Plus with the moisture that California has been getting hit with recently, it was like riding on rails the whole weekend. Perfect traction everywhere! I don't think I have ridden a course that's that fast before. Super Fun!

My buddy Kalan Beisel from Colorado Springs and I drove out and had some pretty awesome adventures out there. He showed me and our other hotel mates Macky Franklin and Greg Carpenter this awesome Mexican bakery that made some of the best pastries I have ever had.

 Needless to say we were pretty excited! I'm not sure what I'm doing in this photo, but....
Race day came and I was pretty damn nervous. I haven't raced since September and took a pretty laid back approach to training this winter compared to years past. I also spent a lot of time working on nagging knee/hip issues. The start came, was called up almost dead last. I wasn't stoked on only having about 8-9 riders behind me in a 100+ rider race, but I also knew that I felt good. I actually haven't felt this good in a while, and my issues from the past seem to be just that. I ended up getting a pretty good start, and was aggressive all day. Around the 3rd lap of 5 I caught up to Ned Overend.  I was pretty tired at the that point already, but I really wanted to stick with him. I had to dig deep to it, but I was able to stay with him and actually hold him off the finish to take 39th place. I know it's 39th, but after moving up all day and coming back from the season I had last year I am thrilled. It's also worth noting during the race I was having the time of my life. I really am back to loving racing again. If I wasn't suffering as much as I was I probably would have had a huge grin on my face.

The super D was next up after the XC. We had about an hour or so to get to the top of the course after the XC. I was almost dead after my XC performance, so I pretty much just 80% so I didn't kill myself. Finished 31st. Not bad, but I know I could have done better, but for being in only such good shape right now and also not viewing the course I am content.

That night, we celebrated with some tasty In-N-Out! Awesome!

After having a great XC I was really looking forward to the STXC. I was going into it with hoping to improve upon my XC placing. I wasn't able to do, but was able to stick it out for all 20+ minutes of racing and finished on the same lap as the leaders in 40th place. Once again, not stellar, but really good. And above all, had a lot of fun. I can't explain the frustration I felt last year being held back by an injury. Now being able to come back and have such good races right away has left me even more elated and excited for more racing. I knew this was going to be a great season, and now I am even more certain of it. Huge thanks goes out to my sponsors who supported me through some really hard times last year and helping me get here. Another huge thanks goes out to Kalan Beisel, Macky Franklin and Greg Carpenter. I also want to thank all the really awesome spectators and people who were out there having fun and supporting all the racers.

The only bummer of the trip was after driving for almost 13hrs straight, our car died. Turns out a total freak accident happened and we had a tie shoot through the engine block killing the engine. Funny thing, which is not all that funny is that this happened only about 5 miles from where my Pathfinder bite the dust a little over a year ago.

Luckily we all made it back home, after a long time sitting in the auto repair shop after my dad came and pick us all up. Thanks Pops! Oh well, Small snag. Once again thanks everybody for your support!
Can't wait for the next race!

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