It’s only a couple days away! Here is a quick recap from last year’s race. The Growler is super tough, but also fun. It has some very technical sections, a lot of climbing, and also butterfly in tummy inducing singletrack sections. Last year, it rained the whole time. This year – SUNSHINE! I also took a look at the women’s start list. There will definitely be some very strong women there pushing me to ride my best!
I’m finally re-adjusting to being back on my “normal” schedule and trying to wake up my body for the race. This Wednesday, I did my first Boulder Short Track of the year (this is my 5th year frequenting this fun Wed night race (and training) series). It’s always a lot of fun and a great, intense workout. I usually race these for training. My goal at these things is to get the hole-shot (first into the singletrack) and see how long I can hold on. I was definitely feeling the altitude and my traveling!! I was able to be first into the singletrack, but it wasn’t long before I was overtaken: I don’t have the code to embed, but you can click here for a video. I slowly started going backwards in the race, and held on for 5th. Not happy with that result, but I wasn’t expecting anything big. My goal for the day was accomplished- SUFFER and get the blood pumping. …and I didn’t disappoint. Short track socks have been my “thing” for a really long time, and Wednesday was no different. A few pics: