It’s October now and my mountain bike racing season has officially wrapped up for the year. I think it’s time for a little recap!
Since Ore to Shore I had some great fitness and backed off the training a little bit so I came into races more fresh. This time of year was meant for business!
Once a year I try to head out west for one race and I decided on the Dakota 5-0 this time around. The sustained climbing is a welcome change of pace from the fast and tight WORS racing scene and I think I fare a little better at it. The 5-0 is a great race and runs on one big 50 mile lollypop loop. There is about 7500’ of climbing so while the distance may be similar to Ore to Shore, winning time is much longer. Around 3:45 for the winner.
|Taking an early lead off the road. It was a Scalpel kind of course!|
All my food consumed and my fuzzy memory feeding me info I downed the last of my bottles and honey and turned for the finish line with around 10 miles to go (or was it 13?) and an 8 min lead.
|Riding alone all day|
It turned out I overshot another corner and was having so much fun I decided to ride another 3 miles of single track! Thankfully my detour dumped me back out on the race course and I was still able to ride in for 5th place overall and salvage a podium position.
|The podium- Left to Right|
Overall a great race scene in Spearfish, SD. I will be back next year with a little better course map!
The following weekend I missed out on the WORS race in order to support Heather in her biggest endeavor of 2014: Ironman Wisconsin. She had a perfect day and didn’t let it go to waste. The story in numbers:
|The start was truly impressive to watch|
Swim distance: 2.4 miles
Bike Distance: 112 miles
Run distance: 26.2 miles (marathon)
Total time: 11:24
Avg bike speed: 18.9 mph
Overall placing: 39th (female)
Age group placing: 9th
“Team Heather” T-Shirts printed: 25
I’ve had numerous ex teammates and friends take on the Ironman and I can proudly say Heather has done the best of any of them!
|Heather killed the bike leg|
|One of the only people still running at the end!|