What is thy bidding, my master?
The fact that I dropped my chain at the beginning of my race on Sunday really pissed me off, since I was feeling pretty good about my chances out there. I had to keep going though, and keep going is what I did. After getting the chain right I hopped back on the bike and pedaled my ass off, and slowly started reeling in the people in my class. I was riding like I’ve never ridden before.
One by one, I was picking them off. I would get behind one of them, ride for a bit, then mash up a climb to get by. I would ride as fast as I could to put in a gap, then set my sights on the next one. It was really difficult to use my energy to do this, but I really had no choice. It was somehow working though, and I actually didn’t feel bad. I had one minor mishap, squishing my hand between a tree and my handlebars because I wasn’t paying attention. That didn’t set me back too much though.
I never got passed again by anyone I overtook, except for one guy that blew by me. I never saw him again, and wondered how he got away so quick. I still rode my ass off though.
Lap one was a long one, and I eventually got through it fairly quick. When lap two came around, I was gunning to get back in podium contention. We would avoid much of the tough stuff on that lap, but I kept thinking that I missed the turnoff and would end up riding it anyway. I felt like I was lost. When I finally saw the volunteer standing there between two signs, I knew I was almost finished.
I gunned it on the flat section, eventually getting on a long, but not very steep fire road climb. I hit the last section of singletrack, and once again my kid was waiting in the bushes to capture the action.
I was smiling this time, at least.
I was home free, but I never did catch the leaders. Later on, I found out that I ended up in 7th, which I didn’t feel was too bad after having a mechanical issue. I had one of my best races, even though I didn’t get on the podium. I’m not usually the winning type, but I do always ride as hard as I can. Not bad for someone who doesn’t train or take this shit too seriously I suppose.
As for the dropping chain crap, I have a fix for that. Since I plan to keep racing the geared (1X9) bike the rest of this series, riding the single speed is not an option right now. Instead, I plan to get rid of that shitty Third Eye Chain Watcher and find something else. Yeah, I know Dicky told me that it was a piece of shit, and I guess I just now realized it.
I’m now moving on to something better:
The N-Gear Jump Stop chain guide is on the way. Actually, two of them are on the way. Lunchbox needs one too.
I did have a good race though, and I actually enjoyed it. What I didn’t enjoy was having a mechanical issue. That just sucks. I will do all I can to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
The single speed is so much easier.