Sunday, July 31, 2011
Back on the Saddle at High Altitude at the Crankworx Colorado XC
With JHK (yes, the JHK) at the starting line, I knew the race would be competitive and fast. My goal for the race was to re-accustom my body to a high effort at altitude before the LT100 in two weeks, and the first climb of the race definitely did that! Pure suffering for the first 20 minutes set me back in the field, but I regained control and steadily gained places throughout the race. It seems that two long races in Europe removed a bit of snappiness and high-end speed, as expected, but the strength was thankfully there late in the race.
JHK won by about five minutes, and I was happy to finish 8th, just over two minutes off 2nd place. It was fun to get out there with a competitive pro field, and congrats to all who made it out!