The Shasta Lemurian- a super sick, super fun race put on by some really rad promoters had me hurting a couple weeks ago. It was hot and I was apparently not race-ready. One of my first real XC mountain bike efforts had me blowing chunks heading down the back side of the first gnarly decent. I thought I had eaten early enough an felt ready to go when the gun went off but my gut said other wise! I got a great warm up in and went off with the leaders and it wasn’t until about half way up the first long climb that I realized it wasn’t happening. There was no way I was going to hang the whole way to the top. By 3/4 of the way up my stomach was churning and just as I picked up speed on the way down the first decent the eruption happened. I tried to turn my head fast enough but because of the wind and sheer projectile force, all I was able to do was spray my whole right arm and handle bar. This was like college party, vein in the fore head popping, projectile vomit! Luckily no one was behind me. I made up some time on the decent and regrouped with a few other riders, I apologized for smelling like sour milk and raced on. I pedaled to the best of my ability through out the rest of the course which if you haven’t ridden it you need to check it out! It’s a true mountain bikers mountain bike course. Finally about 3/4 of the way through about 1/2 way up the last climb I was able to get down some race fuel and keep it down. Thank you GU for helping me salvage my race. I was able to pick the pace up a bit and finish strong. It was really good to see all the Team Lost Coast Brewery crew there, thanks Marin Bikes once again for the super support and the sick CXR 29er race rig (which when operated properly destroys everything in it’s path!) See you out there!
Other Team Lost Coast results of the day: Bekah took 2nd in Expert women, Danny was 4th in expert men, Ethan 8th in his category, Trevor 15th (after barely making it to the race to start on time!) and Emma 6th in hers. The 2013 Lemurian had a record turnout of racers and it was awesome to see so many Lost Coast riders out there racing hard in the heat!