Hey all, Shop Minister here, greetings from the North. I have a race report from the John Muir endurance race in WI. And as I said, unlike my last race, my sauce is thickening up and spicy.
As I was driving by myself to ride the 6 hour solo I couldn’t but help but think how I miss the rest of the Seagal crew. In a sense, I was dreading the possibility of riding for six hours by myself. I am awful used to riding the trails in a Seagal dominated train. But alas, it was a beautiful 60 degree day and I had gotten the day off so I stayed positive.
I figured that I would be middle pack judging by last performance. I had a goal of keeping a 12mph pace, if I could do that I would be stoked. At the start I was near the front because I just can’t turn that off, I figured I would back off and settle in after the first lap. Otherwise, I knew I would blow apart like a full-suspension Next off a 6 foot drop.
On the first lap I started talking to guys while we were riding. It made the ride more interesting. Second lap, I hung with the group even though we were flying. Third lap I made a decision, I was going to keep up the pace as long as I could because riding and talking with the others was making the race more fun, at least for me( sorry Jones, Dan, Jon, and Travis if I was getting on your nerves). I was back on the single speed, so by keeping up with the geared monsters I was starting to cramp up, big time. I was riding above my head, and definitely above my fitness level.
In the end 34x17 for 6 laps at 12.8mph will get you a little over 63 miles in 5:08:56 and 2nd place. It’ll also make it feel like your muscles are on the outside of your skin the next day. I missed 1st by 7 seconds in a 5 hour race and I didn’t even know it!
A few self-cell phone pics to document the day: