So after getting annoyed at the slow workings of the magnet on Friday, I went home after lunch, grabbed a bike, and headed up to my favorite trail system. By the time I got there, it was snowing. I rode around on the singletrack in the snow for 90 minutes before I was soaked, tired of almost crashing on the incredibly slippery snot rocks, and could no longer see any dirt around anywhere. Then yesterday I rode at Heil with Dan. Half way into the ride, it started snowing, and the trail turned slick. It continued through then night, and I awoke to 7" of wet cement-like snow.
What do you do on a day like this? Dust off the cross bikes, slap on some pedals, and head off to a race that suits the mudders. I may not have any top end speed right now, but I'd like to think I can make up for some of that in mucky conditions. And mucky conditions they were . . .
The aftermath. I crossed the line in ~10th, and was promptly interviewed by none other than Eddie Clark, who I last saw in a spectacular thunderstorm near Cochetopa Pass during the Tour Divide after he spent the morning following me and taking some great photos.
I might be slow right now, but man, what a great race. My knee still isn't feeling great, but it didn't complain too much. Thanks to Alex and Alexis for the great photos, and Alex for helping out in the pit.