This will be the first summer I will not be doing a MTB race in 15 years. I retired. As of today I have not signed up for any fatbike race this winter either. But that might change. As far as the MTB racing I was never in it to win it. Always racing the Clydesdale category. I was (am) a true clyde. Look at the other two in the pic below. Shame on them for racing a fat guys category. Those guys are a tick over the 200 pound minimum. Im like 260. But I still gave them a run for their money.
So many things I miss about race weekends. And a few things I don’t. Of course I miss the social aspect of those days. Even during a race I would strike up a conversation. The longer point to point races were the easiest to do that. Most of those races are hours long and some parts are boring so you always talked a bit.
The WORS races were only about 50 minutes long and that was different. You pretty much had to go and talk later. Both still fun to do. Im not real sure why I don’t do them anymore. I don’t mind a little pain and suffering. I guess Im just way slower than a few years ago and it gets kinda of a bummer when these races take me longer and longer to do.
It was always fun to match my times on the long races from other years, once I started falling many minutes behind and due to age and weight really have no chance of matching my prior times the racing loses it luster. That, and the cost increase the last few years. Do I really want to spend $70 ( or more ) on a race that I know I will not do good at? Im sure i will beat somebody but at my age its just not worth it anymore.
So this year I did not get a cross country MTB but a trail bike instead. I hope to attend some of those races but just in a different capacity. While others are out suffering I will be riding the local trails. Most likely also suffering. But in my own way. Both O2S and Shuammy are fun races to be at. And I hope to be there at both this year. Riding, not racing.
Here’s a post from Shuammy 2012.
I was proud of that one. I came back after 10 years of absence and busted my time by a lot. At 10 years older! I remember how bad I hurt after it too. Limping for a few days.
Today I limp without a + 3 hour race. The only way I could do that again is to “tour” it and finish an hour slower. Not worth the $100 bucks to enter. And that makes me a bit sad.
Sad that part of my riding is pretty much over. There are many ways to ride a bike. Racing, group rides, woods or touring is just a few and I did them all well at some point. But now, as I age one by one they will be dropping off. Im sure I have some time left to do most of them pretty well or just OK and that’s fine by me. But you cant stop age.
I guess I’m thinking about all of this today as the Ore to Shore is in a few weeks and I might not even be there. And if that’s the case I will be pretty bummed out on that weekend just 10 days away. Missing a weekend in Marquette will be hard to take.
Here’s a post from last years O2S
Last nites shop ride was a short one for me. I pulled out 45 minutes in. The store was busy right until the minute I left so I was a bit stressed and forgot all my water on a hot day. I just was not feeling it and got back with 20 miles in. I brought my gear with me today and hope to ride home tonite. Most likely the 920. I maybe cant race but I can still tour. Now all I need is some time off…..
Bring it on.