The Josh/The Aftermath

Two days after the Josh Billings race, my legs have finally settled down. You get a bit of a mental boost after a good effort and that is true this week. Who needs drugs when your body produces its own endorphins and adrenaline? The body may be sore, but the brain is enjoying the “high” that you get from a serious physical effort. The Josh effort isn’t like other races. Ironman Lake Placid was a long burn that got progressively worse as the day went on. A race like the Wapack Trail Race is just a pounding. It left me hobbling by the end. The Josh is a mid-distance endurance event, but with moments of serious anaerobic effort, especially on the bike leg. It also requires a lot of mental planning. You have to be a step ahead in preparation for the transitions. There is a fair amount of strategy involved and you don’t want to blow up on the run.

There were moments on the bike where I was cross-eyed trying to stay with my group. Every time someone went to the front and dropped the hammer, the rest of us had to respond with a killer jump. Most of these moments were on the climbs. The worst moment for me was on Prospect Hill Road. I was over my limit and eventually let some riders go because they were finishing. I still had to kayak and run, so I backed off in the last kilometer. I was quite fortunate to be able to hang on for most of the race and benefit from the draft of the group. We lost ground to the front two trios, but stayed ahead of many others.

There was some solid coverage of the race in the local newspaper:

Solo (Iron) Division Coverage

Team Coverage

The Zebra Mussel (not muscle!) Controversy

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