You know, there's a lot to be said for training through races. After a 350km week (plus my fulltime job) I found myself in Rotorua on Sunday for the second NDuro race for summer. Needless to say, I was a little tired, but wouldn't miss it for the world... And with a different course setter, different trails to ride... And a mega epic uphill journey for the first 20kms (thanks Cabin!!!), I was all set to go and especially keen to trial my new Adidas Evil Eye glasses.
My choice of the lighter lenses proved to be a good one, as we were sent to the top of the forest and down a new trail under a pretty thick forest canopy... The trail name started with "Doctor..." and that was all I had a chance to read before nearly running over a victim of the slippery surface (oh, the irony!)
Highlight of the race for me was the Rollercoaster... this trail is an absolute gem and often missed in races (because of the amount of climbing to get to it), but it is totally worth the effort... Smooth, flowing trail at it's best... Delicious.
I must admit that at 10th overall female, and nearly 3 hours, it certainly wasn't one of my finer performances, however, the awesome thing was that on Monday I had sore legs... Sore legs means good training time for the week that was... Next race is Puhoi marathon on the 6th of Feb, then NDuro 3 on the 14th, Bev May Road Tour the week after and then Mountains To Beach Stage race in Australia...
Big month! Bring it on!!!