What better way to get into shape than to race at 9,000 feet on Vail Mountain while pinned! 3 laps on this course is pretty brutal, but also damn fun! Climb for 20 minutes, then rip the descent for 10 minutes. My race was a bit flat, but not too bad. Totally 100% my fault, as I went a bit harder in the previous day pre-ride than I should have. As for the race, I felt good for the first 2 laps, then went back a few places on the third lap. I ended up 35th overall out of a field of 60ish strong racers. Crazy how this event brings out the top mtb talent!
Race file on Strava: http://app.strava.com/activities/59135607