Wow, so many people were watching the real-time scoring – then I pooped out! That was by far the hardest course I’ve raced all year. Every other course that I’ve raced this year had recovery areas where you could ease up – not Moab.
The Song was rockin’ and felt great. I felt pretty fast my first 4 laps. Then night hit, I had problems with my lights, then frustration and fatigue set in. It was pretty weird, but I just got really tired. We didn’t sleep well the night before – the smoke from campfires was so thick we had to go to bed with bandannas on our faces. Camping was a big mistake!
I went into this race ill prepared. I had no idea how hard it would be. When people ask me “how do you do a 24 hr?” I always tell them – “just keep pedaling.” Well… this time I couldn’t. I just got pooped out – psychologically and physically. Props to the other girls who kept truckin’. It was a good lesson to learn.
Even though the race didn’t go as planned it was a success for Siren. Dave and I gave the Songs a good working and we were out there being seen. The booth (our pit actually) was always full of people asking questions and even out on the trail people were asking how I liked it.
I’m super psyched on it and don’t want to ride anything else!
We had a good trip overall and got some good Tucson riding plus over 100 miles of Moab riding. Even though I pulled out in the evening, not all was lost. I learned what it will take to go back and tackle this behemoth next year.