Well my first mountain bike race of the year, finally. I was expecting pretty good results, being that I have been training a ton, and I ride the trail all the time. Going into the race I had my highest 20 min. FTP yet, and was feeling really good.
I started the race out hard, and was already passing people before I hit the river crossing. Time I hit the pines I had passed a lot of people and was feeling great. It was pretty slippery so I backed off the pace and made it through with only one near crash. Going up the snakes I passed a few more people and into the rollercoaster, and that is when it started to fall apart. By the time I was 3/4 of the way through some of people that I passed earlier caught up and got around me, and that continued all the way back. I had nothing by time I hit the grass and it was a real struggle not to let anyone else around me. I hit the line in about a hour flat, and felt like I was going to pass out. So I check my blood sugar and it was only 50! If you dont know, that is very low, 110-120 would be where I would want it to be. I should of known that was what was going on, instead of thinking that I went out too hard at the start. So I think if I would of ate something after the pines I probably would of put in about a 55 min. lap.
It is frustrating, but I feel the training is really paying off and I would of had a really good time if I didnt have to deal with being diabetic. But nothing I can do about that one, just need to listen to my body a bit better next time. You would think that after 10 years of this, I would know better.