Hi everyone! I just wanted to share my happy news.
After training and training, I decided to actually test myself against others and sign up for a mountain bike race. It was difficult for me to decide which category; I thought I was strong enough for category 1, too strong for category 3. So I figured category 2 open would be the best. I also didn’t want to come across as “That guy that never raced and signed up for category 1 and got smoked”.
I made a bit of a mess of the start, but my training kicked in and I just settled into a VO2 max effort to get to the front. I knew a singletrack climb was coming up and I wanted to be able to stretch my legs.
It worked. I dropped the rest, started catching cat 1 riders, and continued on through the race. It was very short… only 2 laps that were 5.5 miles each. I caught more and more cat 1 racers throughout (They had three laps). I took it easy on the last section behind some cat 1 guys and I didnt want to mess up their race. Looking at the finish times, I was lucky that the second place guy did not catch me but it worked out well.
Honestly, without trainerroad training this would never have been possible. I listen to all of the podcasts, follow my AT plan, and stay consistent. It works.
Thanks for reading!