Sunday, June 24, 2007

Cowbell Challenge 2007

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To test out the healing process of my post-surgical knee, Steve and I decided to compete as a Coed Duo in the 6-Hour division at the Cowbell Challenge Mountain Bike race yesterday.  It was painful, difficult and slow-going for me on the challenging 10-mile trail, especially on some of the particularly rooty and rocky climbs, as well as the rough, twisty descents.  However, I somehow managed to turn out two laps which, combined with Steve's two laps, brought us to a grand total of four laps.  I was actually quite happy with my 20-mile total, even though it took me close to four hours to achieve it. 

Despite the weakness, fatigue and pain, I was actually quite pleased with my ride.  I managed to ride most of the descents nearly as fast as I had in years past, and also made many of the climbs, despite still not being able to stand and pedal yet!  Steve even commented on how well he thought I was riding, and was surprised at some of the more technical climbs I was making.  I also had the opportunity to be a website race correspondent for this event which was a lot of fun as well.

The real surprise came at the end of the race, though, when the 6-Hour awards were being given, and mine and Steve's team, Chicken Slicks got called up to the top podium spot!  It turns out that we completed our fourth and final lap at 4:01 p.m., a mere 10 minutes ahead of the second place Coed Duo team whose fourth lap was completed at 4:11 p.m.  I love a close and exciting bike race finish! 

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