Day 8 - another grueling day

tp-pre-race-008-small Stage 8 proved to be another grueling day as is was long with some very steep climbs as well as so much mud, sooo much mud.  I started the day strong and was riding with Adam and Sam, but then after a couple hours Adam really started to push and I decided that the pace wasn't for me.  Sam and I rode a bit of a yo yo style race, as I would pull away, and then he would catch up...

I was feeling really good, but was having trouble eating my race food.  My stomach has rejected all gels, candy, bars you name it.  If I eat one of those it's like putting a vice grip around my guts.  I knew I had to eat so I stopped at various cafes and drank coke/sprite/juice.  Around the 100 km mark I really started to feel like crap - just really hungry.  I didn't suffer like on day 5 but I definitely wasn't riding comfortably.  Sam caught up to me and passed me on the second to last climb, he was riding really strong.  I made one more cafe stop at 124km and finished the day quite grumpy.

Between the mud, sore stomach, and difficult stage I was ready to quit mountain biking again.  But it's 7am, I  had a good sleep and I'm feeling alright and it's the last day...

Back on the bike - man I sure love to suffer

Bob took the day off - to prepare his ass for the last day.  Dan/Rich battled through the stage and are really excited about beers at the finish line.