I raced at Boone yesterday. Like I said, I haven't ridden there since last year's Boone 24, even though I consider it my home riding area. Pretty pathetic, huh? Due to the weather this season, most of my riding has been confined to gravel and/or pavement. Oh well.
So I showed up in time to BS, but not pre-ride. Two laps at Boone is enough to test my fitness. A pre-ride lap would do more to slow me down that it would to speed me up.
At one point before the race there was a group of central Iowa's MTB elite had gathered around my tailgate. I went to take a picture, and my camera battery was dead - Damn!
The race went as expected for me. I'm a fat old man on a bike, and Boone does not play to my strengths (what are my strengths again?). I'm not sure why I target this race, other than is is close to home, and is supposed to be my "home court" advantage.
The next two races on my schedule do play to my strengths - the Clear Lake road race (wheel sucking on flat ground), and the Iowa Games mountain bike race (its really a dirt road race). We shall see . . .