Wow. Where to begin? The E100 was an epic day in the saddle. Lots of different emotions all framed around climbing, descending, rain, hail, wind, heat, flat tires, sore muscles, trees, high mountains, climbing–wait did I mention that already? Yeah, there was climbing.
In the end it took me 13 hours. Perhaps a little slower than I anticipated, but what can I say? I finished one of the more challenging races I have attempted, and I was able to execute my race plan nearly perfectly. The bottom line was that I had a blast. The rain kept things cool. The leaves on the trees were already falling, covering the singletrack with the first glimpes of Fall. Sometime during Stage 3 I was struggling, yet had the absurd realization that I was having an incredible adventure. I think that is why we must do these things. I can’t think of any other reason.
It was great spending more time with Dave and Lynda, and especially fun to meet, and spend the weekend with Rich. As I let the weekend sink in a bit more I will post more thoughts.