Saturday, May 17, 2008

Turned a corner

Wednesday Night SH race, I really did feel slow, nothing in the tank. Last lap blow ups in last 3 races are not fun. But I kept telling myself that a breakout ride was right around the corner. I had no idea that it would happen today. I went to sleep and woke up telling myself that i was going to do an easy lap 1. Well, I just don't have it in me. Lap 1 I was off the front with Jack and Fred chasing and my time was at least 3 minutes faster than Wednesday night, but i felt good. Lap 2, Fred had dropped off and Jack was yoyoing closer to me, I still felt good, Jack and I came through the feed zone together into lap 3. I gapped him a bit on the first Singletrack climb and a bit more on the next, but he was still right there. I was forcing myself to not panic and not expend too many matches to stay in front.  I made it over the top with about 30 seconds on him. The rutted, loose DH was my friend today, I flowed like butter, i felt good, That last steep climb was always on my mind and I was caught off guard a few times by the interim climbs, but held it together. I kept seeing Chris Bingham, Fred and occasionally BK, but that dang course wraps all over itself, so I had no idea of the gap. I ended up winning by abut 30-45 seconds. Lap times were good.

41:40, 43, 45

First ICUP win since Bordertown 2006, 2nd ever Icup expert win. I won my first sport race at SH in 03.

Today was a good day for me on the bike.  Led from Giddy-Up to whoa. 

10 comments:

Mother Theresa said...

Yee haw little buddy!!!!

bradkeyes said...

Break-out Bob. That's your new name. Way to bring it.

MtbAllDay said...

Awesome.

jimwedge said...

Congrats again! Funny how it all seems to come together sometimes. I guess that's why we keep at it. All in all a great day with riding, food and friends. Winning too?....icing on the cake!

Brad Mullen said...

When you came by me at the end, you looked smooth as butta. Congrats on your win.

UtRider said...

Yaaaa! Nice ride. Makes me feel good that I have somebody who knows what they're doing in charge of the top secret training plan!

Daren said...

Break-out Bob, I like it. Congrats, that's a quality win against a good field. You put 2 minutes per lap on me. Good job.

sday said...

YA Baby!!! Sorry I missed it. I love to hand bottles to the winners.

Andy H. said...

I think we have our 1st nominee to the Team SandBag Alert list! Well done!

KanyonKris said...

Sweet win, Bob! Congratulations to you.