Post clinic Thanks

NJ Jess

Active Member
I would just like to say Thanks to everyone, especially the women that drove all the way from CT to attend ATUG's Beginner's mtb clinic. On the JORBA.org site anyone can see we had a fun time with lots of skills learned. Hope to ride with all of you in the future. Keep up the skills! NJ Jess
 

NJ Jess

Active Member
Great race

ouch ouch Im still so sore. dang, my legs are cramping now more than they did during the race. It truely was a great course, but dang I'm still not good at hills. I tried to keep up with my teammate Dar, to determine if I really could move up to the Expert cat, but 1 mile in I was toast.

I then paced myself for the long day knowing I wanted to better my last years time of 6 hours 27 minutes. Jess McGinn of Marty's Reliable came up on me on a hill. ( That's what lots of road riding does for ya.) We hung together with her climbing and me bombing the downhills for the entire race. She then said we should cross the line together which was fine by me. This made the ride a whole lot more enjoyable. We even had conversations when we weren't out of breath.

With a mile or so from the finish, she saw "her goal" behind us and wanted to out race him. I knew I had 5th and an improvement on my time, so I told her to go. She asked me if I meant it, I replied, I got my goal, you go get yours. Well, continued and could see her on the downhill riding with 3 dudes. A few minutes later I was at the finish. Ahhh to finish. It was Grand. I was 5th, 76 overall, and did it in 5:31 minutes.

thanks everyone for such a wonderful, but tough race. Thanks to all the volunteers too! It was surely a long day. Next, Darkness at 909
 

pixychick

JORBA: Ringwood
JORBA.ORG
Wow, great job Jess!! That is an awesome time for that kind of race. I am proud of you for going for it. I must tell you, that most every expert race feels like that, the first year. You may certainly be ready for expert. You don't get in shape for riding expert by riding faster in the sport class. You have to go the distance. It does hurt, and can be discouraging, but you will get over the hump and eventually reap the benefits of that experience. It took me about four years, and is worth it if you plan to take the time to put in the training. It is a commitment.

If you decide to jump up, I always recommend doing it in May or June while you are on an upward curve, and not at the first race. Either way, you are an inspiration to many women !! Keep it up, and keep the stories coming.:)

Ellen
 
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