strom July 18th, 2008
What did I get out of Downieville other than some cool, swank swag.
Derek had the coolest training program. Mei has improved a lot. Stacy did very well for her first Downieville visit. Life got to Jeff, seems we swapped positions from last year. Some really good riders just blew up. In general, we see what we want to see.
I previously thought I was a good climber. After looking through the split times to Packer Saddle, I realize that I am slightly better than average. And, I managed a personal best.
As far as going the other way, I thought I was a poor downhiller. Turns out I am in about the same spot. About average. Which means I am a fair bit better than I previously thought.
What really surprised me was how I did on the flats and slight downhills. I thought I could do well in those situations but it turns out I got passed quite a bit and the people that passed were flying by. Hmm.
After strenuous, stressful physical exertion then stepping into a large interactive crowd, for some reason, I quite often end up thinking of my High School Sociology Teacher.