New best at Snowshoe. 3rd. Bear in mind that the competition is not as good. In 2006 and 2007, the top 5 would be Geritt, Trevyn, Herndon, Jamie Ford, Tim Price, etc. Now-a-days you rarely get Herndon and Geritt at the same race and Tim has been sidelined with an injury all summer. So a 3rd at this race really would have been a 5 or 6th under normal circumstances. But that doesn’t make much difference. I still did as good as could. I’m not a top shelf pro along the lines of those guys, so what is important is that I beat those that I should and maybe a few I shouldn’t have. But most important is that I did this well on a course with a gazillion berms and not good ones at that. I feel I can ride good berms well enough, but decreasing radius berms with shallow banks are not my forte. I had a good strategy and I executed about as well I could have. No real mistakes. I got a little offline in one section and was a little loose in another, but other than that I executed perfectly for about 5 minutes and 15 seconds of a 5 minutes and 21 second run. The only way I could have improved would have been better fitness that would have allowed me to pedal the flats before the West Ridge roadgap and Ninja Bob. I choose to coast those sections to conserve energy for the rest of the track.
All in all it was a great weekend. James, Joey and I sailed the S.S. Tennessee north and had great conditions all weekend. We mostly rode the basin side and really enjoyed A to H. But D was quite challenging.