It's hard to believe that the mountain bike race season is already in full swing. We had a really long winter here in Michigan. So long in fact that it made spring practically non-existent. But finally the good, warm weather is here and I've been taking full advantage of it by getting in as much riding as possible. If you want to find me, look on the trail!
So far I've been down to South Carolina for a 6-hour race and over to Mansfield, Canada for the Victoria's 100. Add in a few local races and the miles are piling up. I've been really happy with my results, but more importantly I've been having a lot of fun on my dream bike, the El Mariachi Ti.
While I've been spending the bulk of my racing hours on the El Mariachi Ti, this past weekend was my first race on the Selma Ti . That bike is so much fun that I'll be racing two really big races on it: the Lumberjack 100 and 24-Hour Solo National Championships.
Yes, Danielle really is racing in this photo. She just can't seem to stop smiling! Not a bad problem to have.
Right around the corner, this weekend in fact, is the Lumberjack 100, and it's on my home turf. Needless to say the pressure is on. The cool thing about the Lumberjack is that there are enough women racing singlespeeds that we have our own class! I'll be the first to admit that I'm nervous…really, really NERVOUS! Unlike my teammate (the amazing Gerry Pflug), I train and race mostly with gears. It's a little intimidating to think about racing a hundred miles on one gear. That being said, I better get used to the idea since I'm planning on racing my Selma for 24 hours later in the year, right?
For me, the Lumberjack 100 is a race within a race within a race. Not only will I be trying to win the SS division, but I'm also aiming for the overall podium. And I can't forget the fact that my dear friend Carey Lowery is traveling up from Tennessee to race in the SS division as well. One my favorite things about endurance racing is the people that I get to meet, and Carey is a great example of that. The two of us have battled it out in many different races, and I can count on two fingers the times that I've beaten her. Knowing that she is behind me (ha ha) during the race will definitely push me to go faster!
For the last two weeks, I've been riding my Selma Ti everywhere. The good news is that riding with one gear simplifies things. You either have it or you don't. The bad news is that I have a bad habit of coasting on flat sections. Coasting will not win me the coveted Lumberjack axe trophy, so I've been training my legs to pedal as fast as humanly possible.
I'm sure I'll be even more nervous the day of the race, but I will also be really excited. There's something about riding my Selma that makes me happy. Let's hope I still feel that way at mile 99!
...and still smiling!
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These are a few of my favorite things: Mountain biking, good coffee, good food, and hanging out with my husband, family and adopted greyhound. It really doesn't take much to make me happy. Of course, winning a race every now and then is good too! www.daniellemusto.blogspot.com