Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I made the journey to the 2009 Iceman Cometh in Travers City, MI on November 7th. This was my fourth time racing this event. This was also my first time racing this event in the Expert Category. We headed to the Start line in Kalaska where the weather was chilly at about 42 degrees. I made the mistake of overdressing for this race. I had to make an unscheduled pit-stop at Williamsburg Rd to take off my leg warmers as I was overheating and they were the easies items to remove. I continued on down the trail playing cat and mouse with my teammate Bryan who was also racing in the same category as me. We hit the Vasa where the hills continued to get harder and harder. I was able to stay on the bike and make it up all the hills and find my way to Timber Ridge where the finish line was. I made it to the line in 2:12:21. I was very pleased to finish 55 out of 70 in my first expert race at the Iceman. Last year I finish 2:09:55 which was a little better, but with the added distance for 2009 it was about the same pace. I will be looking forward to a little break in the coming winter months and start my training for the 2010 race season.