Drew Edsall's Trans-Sylvania Epic Blog - Day 5
5: Legs Kicking Back In
about time! Legs kicked back to about normal status today and I was able to
push the climbs when I wanted to, and move my way to a top 3 finish in the Solo
Men class today. I also was able to defend my Enduro jersey in the process and
will look to keep that over the last two days of racing.
I spend as much time looking over Garmin and Power files, when things donít go
right as they did at the beginning of this race it drives me crazy. Today, my
legs came back around. I settled into my own pace early on, and slowly moved
from 7th place about 5 miles in all the way up to 3rdplace at the end. Iíd like to think my diesel engines just needed a little
priming to get going this week.
trails today were great. A good mix of about 20-30% fire-road mixed in with
rocky, rooty, and steep singletrack. The two Enduro segments were some of the
best singletrack of the week. The first segment required a good amount of
pedaling and had some tricky turns with slick rocks and roots mixed in. The
second segment was super steep with some good ruts throughout it. All I did the
entire time was look ahead, manage my speed with on and off braking, and ride
smooth/fast. A good bit of adrenaline hit during that steep Enduro segment.
days left in this seven day stage race. So far we have done just about 10 hours
of racing, not including the warm ups and cool downs in the races. My legs are
feeling a bit better than they normally feel this late in the race. I think a
majority of this is due to the daily 30 minute massages, 1-2 hour post-race
naps, and good Hammer nutrition post-race. Recovery can make or break a seven
day stage race.
really hoping this momentum continues through the next two days. Tomorrow is
one of the toughest days. It is also one of my favorite days. It has a ridge
section that overseas many of the mountains in the area. This section is also
full of rock beds, along with a nice and fast switchback descent. Temperatures
are estimated in the 90ís which will make for an interesting 3 hour day in the
saddle. Should be a fun day if I can stay cool.
makes for 3 days in a row in the Enduro leaders jersey, and also marks my first
top 3 in the overall for a stage. The race is looking good!