Spring has sprung. Or at least in RI there is no snow and the sun was out. It was still cold however trying to warm up at 8:30. At 9:00 the Elite/Experts began to congregate at the start line. Timing chips for 2013! It’s about time. Last year we all stood around shivering wondering where we fell out.
The 2013 course was the same as 2012. Tech followed by flats and steady climbing. Last year I felt a heck of a lot better in the first couple of miles. Not so much this year, more mud and water this year. Quick rock outcroppings were tough. I ran most of them last year since its tough to crank up and over while on the single gear. I did the same this year. The flats were where I felt I lost most of my time to the geared folks so I opted for the 19t cog this time around.
In last years race I started back in the pack due to having no prior results. I did fairly well, so this year out of all the returning boys I was going 4th at the start. That meant fast dudes up in front and pressure from behind. I was bouncing off rocks like a pinball in the early sections. Easy catch for some of the fast guys starting just behind. Missing a turn just before exiting the first tech section didn’t help either! The sad part was that I remember seeing the arrow and as I went past couldn’t remember which way it pointed.
Towards the end of the race I look down to see me at 38 minutes and what I thought was close to the end of the race and at the final turn before hitting all the last bridges section a volunteer says only four more minutes. What! I thought to myself? Am I that much slower than last year?
As I crank the final corner I see the finish stand and sprint. As you see below not the best time but I think all of the times were 3-4 minutes slower on average. At least I made the picture cut just above The Big Apple.