|No Devin at this finish line yet|
|Finishing photo courtesy Rick Kent - Enduro Photo|
What a handsome sweaty fellow in his new La Sportiva get up!
The 7am start kept the temp in the low 70's and the 3 of us ran comfortably through blue bonnet fields on a rocky single track and rolling terrain. Half way in Jared made is move in response to my move... a move to sit on a log and pop a squat. For two miles I pushed to catch up with serious reservations about my abilities to ever see them again. But I caught them both on the single track and got to settle back into their comfortable pace for about half a mile. Then we hit an old logging road and Jared threw down again. This time we were going 5:20 pace I hung tight though and it paid off when we got back on the single track. I felt Jared and Rob slow on the single track around 12 miles in and decided to push. I opened a gap that I held onto through the finish. For a 15.5 mile race the ~20 seconds between first and 3rd was tight. It was my third trail race in La Sportiva's Vertical K and I'm now 3 for 3. Ryan likey.
|24:49 for 8k|
The big Mtn Cup showdown may occur May 12th in Helena, MT. Jared, Rob, and Matt Bryne may all be showing up meaning my attendance would result in the ultimate Mtn Cup throwdown. We'll see if that comes to be.
|Carolina Mtn Goat|
In the Meantime I'm going to keep the consecutive racing weekend streak going for two more weeks. If I jinxed things then whoops but I can't contain the pleasure from the two mtn cup victories and the Devin Swann beat down.