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Columbia, Tennessee
United States
Columbia Cycling Club
54F / 12C
Total Time = 10h 36m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 40-49
Age Group Rank = 20/24
Pre-race routine:

Hammer Perpetuem three hours before start time.
1 GU w/o caffiene 10 minutes prior to start.
Event warmup:

10 minute intervals of building lactic acid and spinning it out for about 1/2 mile.
  • 2h 14m
  • 18 miles
  • 8.06 mile/hr

I planned my nutrition for about 80 minutes, my normal race time at this course. Due to the sloppy conditions, it took me almost 2.5 hours. Therefore my best friends, the leg cramps, showed up just as planned.
What would you do differently?:

Not race in these conditions is what I would do differently. Much too dangerous for a "part time habit (mtn bike racing)." This race had no bearing on my season, nor my conditioning. It was a bad decision on my part to race. I wrecked badly less than a mile into the race on a 50 yard, very steep, slick, muddy downhill. I hit a trench or something that veered me into the trees, at a good rate of speed near the bottom of the hill. I could have been very seriously injured. I landed on my head (endoed), scratched my arm & shoulder up and badly bruised my right side.
Post race
Warm down:

Hammer Recoverite. Thankful to be alive, yadda, yadda. 2 bananas, 2 cups of Gatorade. 2 bottled waters. Was injured, didn't stay around for post race.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Initial wreck slowed me down considerably. It affected my confidence on much of the downhill sections (once bitten, twice shy). Plus, it hurt like all get-out. The sloppy, wet, muddy, slick conditions affected my performance as well. Mud caked every rider's front derallieurs. A lot of the course was like riding on ice.

Event comments:

I didn't stay for the post race activities as I was injured and wanted to get home. I read on another message board that they were great to attend yesterday. X-rays today on my side/waist/hip turned out negitive; just deep bruising. Columbia Cycling Club always puts on a great race and Chickasaw is a great course - one of my favorite to race. Mother Nature interviened yesterday and gave everyone a headache with the bad conditions. In the future, when dry conditions prevail (as they usually do) I will always race this course.

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Last updated: 2008-03-31 12:00 AM
02:14:00 | 18 miles | 8.06 mile/hr
Age Group: 20/24
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Mountain bike. Hilly, wet, slick, muddy. Appx. 1/2 mile of road.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Bad Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Bad Hills: Below average
Race pace: Drinks: Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-03-31 5:40 PM

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Franklin, TN
Subject: Chickasaw Trace Classic

2008-03-31 6:09 PM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
Subject: RE: Chickasaw Trace Classic

That sounds like a really tough race. This is why I'm afraid to go mountain biking even just for fun.  Seems like the potential for injury is just too high.  Hope you are feeling better soon.

I have the same problem with leg cramps if I have less food and Gatorade than I should.

2008-03-31 6:30 PM
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You sir... are seriously lucky to come out of that race relatively unscathed. Yes... this is for fun... and getting hurt just because we're doing something we consider fun is not fair to anyone else.

Glad you're not seriously hurt... take some time to heal though.

2008-03-31 10:32 PM
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Extreme Veteran
Brisbane QLD
Subject: RE: Chickasaw Trace Classic
What a killer race.  Heal up soon! 
2008-04-02 8:46 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
Subject: RE: Chickasaw Trace Classic
Rough race.  I'm afraid to tri mountain biking too. 
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