I've lost track of how many times I've raced the Pando 12 hour. Let's just say a lot. It was my first endurance race I ever did, back when I was a beginner. I raced the 12 hour solo and I think it took me a month to recover from it.
Like I said in my last post initially I was planning on racing the 6 hour solo but once I found out that I was racing Ore to Shore I talked my little sister into doing the 6 hour duo with me. Pando is short...I think the race course was a little over 4 miles. But since the trail is only open to ride during races we hardly ever get to ride it.
I met up with my friends Kelly and Sarah Friday night to pre-ride the course. Kelly is new to mountain biking. Very, very new. Her first time riding was at our women's clinic, and her second time was at our ladies ride. After that she bought a bike, went for another ride and told me she wanted to do a race. I told her the 6 hours of Pando would be a great start because in my mind everyone wants to be an endurance racer :-) I'm either a very good or a very bad influence!
Anyways, I digress. Race Day!! Here's a picture of Toni, Kelly and I before the race...
Since the course was so short Toni and I decided to do two laps at a time. That means we would be switching every 40-ish minutes. I went out for the first two and before I knew it I was fist-bumping with my sister so she could go out. I didn't have any top-end speed but I felt much better then I did the day before.
Just like last week at Wausau I sat down and started eating. I could get very used to racing duo :-)
My little sis rocks! Here we are with our prizes...this bag will actually come in pretty handy because I never had a place to store dirty kits after races.