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Iceman Cometh 2014

Saturday November 08, 2014
by: Marc Karel

I don't think anyone predicted the conditions faced by the racers this year. Mud, rain, snow, mud, and mud. This year's race was as much about the conditions as much as your fitness. I'd been fighting a chest cold for the last couple weeks heading in and did not feel the best. I was hoping to improve on my time and start wave from last year and had upped my fall training with intervals and lots of cx racing. Never really felt great from the start. Shifting and breaking became difficult. Many a rider were on the side of the trails with mechanicals or broken chains. I was happy to survive the day and get on to the after party. After the results came out, I finished in the same place in my age group as the year before, and will likely start 2 waves better next year as my overall placement was much improved. I can live with that. Looking forward to next year.