I delayed doing a write up of this race for over a week, somehow hoping I would find some way to have it permanently removed from my short term memory. Everyone has a bad day on the bike. With a full race schedule that started back in mid February and won't stop until the beginning of December you're bound to have a couple of races you would rather forget. This was one of those races.
I was sitting in 2nd overall after the 1st race so I got my call-up to the front row. The gun sounded and off we went. I had an OK start but by the time we entered the infield I was sitting 10th wheel. I soon realized I was feeling pretty good as I blew by six or seven guys during the first few turns and put myself in third right behind my teammates Mark and Dave.
Things were still going well at this point but that was about to change.
When I started the last lap I wasn't even thinking about racing anymore. I was completely consumed by the pain and my rubber leg. I made it though the first part of the infield and as I passed the pits I realized I couldn't go on and collapsed onto the infield. As soon as I rolled on my back and stretched out the pain went away. Several people ran over to see if I was OK and I just smiled and told them I was fine. They probalby thought I was crazy. I probably laid there without moving for five more minutes. I slowly made it to my feet and started to walk. I could still feel a little pain but my leg was no longer numb. I grabbed my pit bike and slowly walked back to my car. I didn't care about the DNF but was really worried about what had just happened. I figured I would be in the doctors office Monday morning.
When I got up Monday I had no pain or discomfort. I decided to ride into work and had no issues. I continued to train on the road all week and everything felt good. I'm guessing it was just a freak thing related to the 100 or so WRONG things I did leading up to the race. I continued to stretch every night throughout the week. Hopefully this will never ever happen again. Stay tuned for Silver Lake next Sunday.
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