Fading daylight, cold as $hite, taking too many photos, and crashing during a stream crossing (meaning I was a bit submerged), were all reasons I didn’t see as much as I’d like today.
Read more about the Sub 9 Gravel Grovel.
What I Learned
If anybody told you Indiana is flat, they would be wrong. I won’t spill all of the beans, but there is a climb or two during the first ten miles that will make a difference.
There are a few sections of gravel that have been graded recently, and that always makes the going a little bit harder. Think marbly gravel and soil below that robs one’s power… aerated gravel.
The Forest of Endor
Not its real name, but the name I give to the first section of double track beyond the gate (see image at right). The track is muddy at times, with virtually all of the said mud covered by leaves. Mud means sliding around a bit, along with plenty of standing water and stream crossings.
There is one stream crossing in particular that I hoofed, and promptly slipped on a mossy rock and crashed on my arse. A bruised arse cheek and soaked shoes and gloves when its 39 degrees Fahrenheit isn’t good for anyone’s constitution. Be careful out there!
Only had the opportunity to ride one section of this trail, before I had to abort and turn for home. Nothing too much to worry about here, the trail is singletrack, but in pretty good shape. The first section is all uphill… again, Indiana isn’t flat!
I may pre-ride another section or two of the course before race day… or maybe I’ll do nothing. 32 degrees Fahrenheit (Zero Celsius) is the forecast high temperature on Thursday… fab.
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