Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Yankee Springs TT

So this is my first attempt at blogging.  Is anyone even going to read this? probably not, but here it goes.

Sunday was the Yankee Springs TT in Middleville, MI. This is traditionally the kick-off to the mountain biking season and there is always a huge turnout. this year there were over 500 participants dispite the coldish rainy weather.

I decided this year would be a good time to move up to the expert category, even though I never placed any better than midpack in any sport races last year. What better way to get faster than to ride with people that are better than you? anyway, I rode hard and finished 5th in my division. 1Gear1Love.

I was also signed up for the Expert/Elite SS race that was slated to go off about 25 minutes after I finished my first 2 laps. Needless to say lap 3 of the day was my slowest, but it was good enough for 16th place.

After taking a day off i was ready to ride today, but alas its been pouring all day off and on. The last thing I want to do is get caught in a down pour in 43 degree weather. I'll tough it out and wait for tomorrow. 

While researching races today it dawned on me that I'd need a USAC license if i wanted to race at the expert level the rest of the year. so I ponied up and paid my $60 to USAC. I know that the $60 gets me longer races and earlier start times, but I feel like its just another way to milk people for money. I guess I'll see if the extra $60 is really worth it on Sunday at the Pontiac Lake Rec. Area Mountain Bike Time Trial


Craig said...

You da man, MIKEWOODS!! Keep on Bloggin'

Adrienne said...

You were in MIDDLEVILLE on sunday and didn't stop by. Boo to you, sir. PS-Blogs are awesome.

pedalGR said...

In order to maximize your training efforts, I recommend you ride on every single PedalGR ride. I know that it will be the hardest ride of your training regime, but sometimes you have to make sacrifices. :) This will have you in fine form for cyclocross season.

Plus there's beer at the end.