Everyone else is doing it, so here is my silly 'ride report':
Lining up for the Vt125, I had 2 lists. One list (list A) contained all the things I could control going into the race and during the race (course knowledge, time knowledge, food, bike, MIND SET). The other list (list B) contained the things that were either Unknown, or Uncontrollable.
I was actually able to line up with list A pretty well managed. For once, my head was on board -- with the dark, the distance, the course (intimately so), the requirements of the time and space ... all of it. I will not lie: I felt really prepared internally and externally as much as possible.
List B, however, had a couple items on it that were ... deal breakers if they showed up. The biggest thing on list B was the Body-Energy state. My 2 to 3 -month fight with the belly and the bottomless-ly empty energy, left me with so few days to really test the engines before ride day. This was a big Unknown for me ... and without it, I knew I'd have no interest in trying to log this kind of ride.
Unfortunately, the body simply didn't show up. On top of the fact that the rain and cold weather were wrecking havoc on my Fun factor, I simply didn't make the decision to LET the body try and show up somewhere along that 108 mile course. So that was my failure this time. But truth be told, I wasn't too up for repeating my Midnight Rodeo ride for an extended period.
So I flipped the pony, bundled up, and blew through a bubble of illuminated fog, straight back to the hotel room.
So that is my "race report" for the race that was hardly a race, having only completed section one ;-)
hehehehe.... Next time. The body will come back. And all will be well.
On the more incredible side:
EDE completely blew through the night and finished his 5th VT125!!! What a MAN! He is my sexxy-beast, and I admire him so much! Way to go, super-buny!!
And, my dear friend and riding partner, Ez, completely and utterly beat the peepee out of everyone. 4th Overall -- the only woman to brave the wet night, holding on for the magic of the dawn.
Here is Ez in her Pre-Win State, soaked by rain already and all:
And, here is Ez realizing that it was actually, ME who was helping her Caffinate and get all sugar-loaded up on top of Monarch (I think she said something like this: "oh .... what are YOU doing here":
And, Ez's man, SuperChris ... frakin' ROCKED the course and finished in a blaze of glory, too! WTF... I thought you were 'resting' dude ;-)
To all the finishers this year: WAY TO RIDE!!!!!
And now: Ed and I spent 2 days in Ouray, soaking in the mineral hot springs and vapor caves (yes, seriously), and hiking the straight-up mountain bliss.
We're now in Silverton, soaking in the Fall colors and season change.
We're soaking in the very Mellow Mountain Love.
More stories to come!!