Mt Washington race day
I got up early to hit the road and it was 40 degrees! Yikes, I wasn’t really prepared to ElliptiGo in cold conditions. I gathered all my gear and piled it on. The only thing I forgot was gloves which made the first couple of mile of riding very uncomfortable. There wasn’t anything interesting nearby that I could climb and I was on a tight schedule so I simply did a ride down to Jackson then headed up toward Mt Washington on route 16. The out/back was the safest way to make sure I was back in time. The road has a small breakdown lane which is always a bonus. I saw a lot of runners driving by on the way to the race and even got a couple of “thumbs up”.
After a quick change I met up with Petey and we headed over to the race. I knew the reaction I’d get but that didn’t make it any easier. I’m not sure what it is that makes people so mean but some of the comments I got were certainly aimed to sting. I’ll stick to focusing on the kind words from some people. Anyway, I found my parents who came up to see the Hall of Fame ceremony and we walked a little way up the hill to watch the start. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the race from the sidelines. The other two times since 1988 that I couldn’t race I was either not at the race or in the press van. It was interesting seeing the race from this perspective. Once the crowd went by I headed back to the car and hit the Go for a fun ride up to Pinkham notch and back. I had a tailwind on the climb and headwind on the descent which is the way to have it! After a quick change I was off to the Great Glen Trails for another hour of biking. I stuck with the bigger trails since I’m not much of a rider. It was surprisingly fun. I’d only been in GGT to either warm-up for the race or a couple of snowshoe races so this was a new experience for me.