Its been a hectic month leading up to the race on the 15th May in Moama. Moving house, settling in and no where near enough riding (nearly all of April off the bike. Not really the ideal lead up to the event i really wanted to do, but at least my legs would be well rested.
We loaded the family into the team car early Saturday morning and headed up the hwy on the 3 hour drive to Moama. Its a easy drive, and soon enough we were there.
Once we checked into our awesome accommodation (2 bedroom villa with spa) I headed out the the five mile MTB course to do a quick recon of the track.
Even though i competed on the course last year, i wanted to pre-ride the course and make sure there were no surprises, and also make sure the recent heavy rain had not caused it to be a mud pit. Once riding, memories of the enjoyment and tiredness of last years race came rushing back. It felt great to be back here and i really like the course. To my surprise there was only a few muddy sections, that for the most part could easily be ridden around- with the rest of the course been fast and grippy with little loose soil to force a break in traction of the rear wheel when climbing the steeper parts of the river bank.
Course recon done, headed back to the villa and enjoyed a decent meal of pasta and salad, before getting and early nights rest.
Race morning.. waking with slight nerves, i felt excited as ate a plate of nutri-grain for breakfast and jumped in the car to go out to the course. I Signed on at registration and received same race number as last year. The weather was balmy 15 degrees with a steady north wind. Just warm enough not to require arm warmers. Time to race..
A mass start with 130 other riders and we were off.. and for me, i was off to attempt to better last years 6 laps. After the first hour i was very confident of achieving my goal, as i completed my 3rd lap at the 70 minute mark.
My second lap was my fastest for the day- being only 20 minutes for the 7km loop- which was over 5 minutes faster than my best lap last year.
Spurred on by the family supporting me and handing me fresh drink bottles and gels each lap, i finished the day with seven laps completed in a time of 3hr 5 mins. Very happy to beat last years result and keen to try my hand at another race.
The best part of this years race was having my wife and daughter at the course cheering me on and encouraging me. Maybe i could of completed one more lap, if i hadn’t stopped each lap for encouragement hugs from my daughter and a quick chat, but having them there and enjoying the experience with them made the day.
So whats next. Lots happening, since my return from Moama, i have ridden a lot more and also signed up with a coach to push my performance and steer me in the right direction with my training.
Motivation is high- new goals are being set, new events to enter and weekend of amazing memories with the family which you cannot put a price on.