Are my calculations correct that
the Weasels were faster last year? The way I calculate it I was 6 minutes slower
in í05, personally. The team was 18 minutes slower??? I find that hard to
believe. Correct me if I am wrong. Please.
Yep, we did the same number of
laps but about 20 minutes slower and it is mostly attributed to me selecting
comfort and fun over fast lap times. My night lap times on the Moment were 15-20
minutes slower than my day laps - compared to last year when my day laps were
about the same and the night laps were only 5-10 minutes slower. Not to mention
the time I lost shepherding the guy with no lights. I know Marc rode much faster
than last year and Scott did too. Hopefully you'll be pleased with your personal
efforts and not too worried about our team results that I laid to waste.
Yes, our overall was slower than
last year, but I couldn't be happier with the result. We all rode better, we
felt better at the end, and I think we had more fun (IMO). Regarding sacrificing
lap times for comfort and fun, I think that is precisely the strategy we should
embrace. Regarding sacrificing a few minutes to help a lost soul on the course,
I couldn't be prouder and more pleased with my selection of teammates.
Well done mates!
I was under the mistaken
impression that we were faster this year than last. Silly me. If someone had
asked me, I would have said that I was faster this year than last. Silly me
I think it was because we got
such a fast start and were ahead of our normal pace for the first 6 hours. Then
it got cold and dark.
I for one had much more fun this
year. I was relaxed enough to have a few drinks Friday night, wasn't so focused
on the race that I forgot about my family, was going for air on night laps and
wasn't too OCD and skipped my list of things to bring. Although I did forget two
critical items (watch and arm warmers) - but still managed.
I definitely felt more relaxed
this year and had a lot more fun. I didnít really have concrete goals (doing six
laps was kind of in the back of my mind) going in and didn't put too much
pressure on myself.
The question is, can we get much
better? Or better yet, do we want to get much better? I personally feel I could
get faster but Iím not sure if I really want to put that much more time into
training. How about you guys?
I go through that same thought
process after just about every race, and sometimes during the race. Here is what
I am thinking now.
I think the idea that faster is
better is the problem we bump into at this level of riding. I think we could get
faster by focusing on getting faster and training harder. But, I don't think
that would necessarily be making us "better," at least in ways that we all
value. My goals for MTB have always included wanting to get good enough to ride
for a long time over difficult terrain, just Ďcause its fun. I also have wanted
to be strong enough to ride respectably with friends, so we can have fun
together. Regarding racing, I have wanted to ride well enough to respect myself
and earn the respect of others who take the sport more or less seriously. I have
never been motivated by a sincere desire to be the fastest (unless I happen to
find myself in front of Trogden on Cougar Ridge), but I do want to be faster or
stronger than the average enthusiast. We werenít faster, overall, this year, but
I insist that we were better. We were more relaxed, went faster at times, had
more fun socializing, and were in much better condition at the end of the event
than we have been in the past. We stacked up pretty well against the competition
(82nd percentile, versus 78th last year), and we went for a bunch of really fun
As I think about it, some of my
motivation is the same as what motivated me when I was a somewhat serious rock
climber. I got satisfaction from improving, and from finding myself able to do
things that I thought I could never do and that most people couldn't do. I liked
the aesthetics of the sport, and I liked having a motivation to keep in shape.
So, I guess I'm saying that I
like the motivation of a race, the comradery, the way it lets you test myself
against some semi- objective standards, and the just-plain-fun riding. I want to
keep doing a few races each year, but I refuse be discourteous to other riders,
neglect my family, or allow myself to get cranky and depressed about not being
faster (like I did last year). Hold me to that, fellows.