Thursday, May 19, 2022
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Saturday got started nice and early as usual. It is getting light earlier, luckily still not many people show up unitl after 7am. I had an encounter with a rattler and slipt second decision to bunny hop the sucker. Luckily I was successful and that makes two I have hopped this year. It was pretty chill and I got it off the trail and went about my business. Th second one was on my last RMR lap, I was on the goat connector and I never got to see it but heard it scary close. The trail is on a steep hillside and I passed it which not knowing where it was scared the heck out of me. I went back to get it off the trail and it was persistant at trying to get up the steep side. After spenind a minute or two unable to get it off I grabbed a stick and picked it up. It was kinda fun, but definitely scary. I have now reached a new relationship with the venemous creatures. Some onlookers got to watch the whole thing, I knew they took pictures but where are they!?
Another sunny dirty day, strong and all. I am so lucky to have not gotten stung by the thousands of bees that seem to be chilling out with nothing to do. I know they're about to get busy on the Saguaros but I am not sure it will be enough.
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Yeah its been pretty quiet on the snake front this spring. I lost track but maybe 3-4 sankes this year. Well this ride had a double header, both were chill, I was not so chill when I buzzed on RMR. After passing it I got it off the trail and all was good. I think I am becoming more used to them, I don't get as big of adrenaline hit anymore, good or bad I still respect them and hope to never get close to one.
It was the day to rock, I was torn on which day to do it, I supose it would have to be mid day or a weekend. My boy had a substitute at school that Friday and for some reason LuAnn and Landon had the idea of him not going to school. I was fine with that and this allowed me to hit the trail early. That early start was pleasant, I went over the course in my head and on the map a few times, I was sure I was going to make a mistake as I did the entire thing on memory. It was a smooth start, feeling good but not stupendous, I was trying to remember to go a little quicker which was the hardest part. Well that and Cactus Garden, hate that climb. Once that climb was done I was still full of steam and chugged on down RMR and the course was mostly clear except a few riders. After I got the goat and high ridge done it was a glorious descent down the finish. I enjoyed this course much more than the years prior. I placed 6th place overall and we will see what unfolds from there.