- VIDA MTB Clinic Valmont in Boulder Colorado.
- 6.5 Hour drive to Glorieta, New Mexico.
- Nap in the Subaru.
- NMEC #2, Bike and Brew Enduro, Glorieta Camps, New Mexico.
- 6.5 Hour drive home.
- Brief meeting with friendly deputy in Leadville, Colorado.
Last week was a typical work week for Leigh Bowe, NP. And typical spring in the Rockies weather caused VIDA MTB Series to make a hard call about the weekend schedule and cancel the Sunday session in Boulder. This caused me to pause for a fraction of a moment before signing up to race at the #2 stop of the NM Enduro Cup at Glorieta Camps as part of the Bikes and Brews Festival in Santa Fe. Friday afternoon I got out of clinic later in the evening than usual. Fat snow flakes started falling and I rushed to get everything packed up into the Subaru for a hectic weekend of skills clinic and racing. Patient, supportive husband made a delicious, nutritious dinner and helped me get my bike ready. He then gave me the safety message and a kiss and I was off.
So off I went. Fueled by Chipotle, podcasts and The Lumineers, I arrived around midnight and found a nice cozy spot at the Glorieta Fire Department to curl up in the back of the Subaru.
The event organizers made an excellent decision to remove a stage and push the start time back by 2 hours which gave the sun a little time to work its magic on the soupy, soft soil. Many a racer made frequent stops, trying to get the nasty clumps of pine needles and mystery muck out of their drive trains and forks. Wheels stopped spinning and bikes were shouldered up the liaisons. The physicality of the day was impressive. But by mid-afternoon, the trails had done a complete 180 and the sticky clay had turned into fast, tacky dirt.
I had to stick around for the awards. I still had about 23% of that Chipotle burrito to finish. For the record, I cannot recommend Chipotle as actual race food during an event (waaay too much fiber). But any other time, its exactly what my body wants.
I can't wait for next weekend.