So the horn blows and we are off in the wrong direction. Yup I said it. Headed straight out of the park. Onto the road and out. Well, not exactly out. We made a little detour right back into the familiar trails of waywayanda. As our unfamiliar group pace lined down the road to the trail head some of us at the front had a burst of pass power to take on the singletrack first. I was one of them and yeah ended up first into the turn. What was I thinking.

So the horn blows and we are off into the doubletrack beginning the blue mountan race. Its the first H2H race this year 2012. A very unfamiliar group we have as well. But thats not a bad thing. We have some new racers challenging themselves to the H2H race venue. I don't know who they are but I am sure I will soon enough. As we make it to Monster we have already thinned out. The grey skies have not yet dropped any water. We are still dry and there is minimal wet spots on course. There are a few racers in front of me and I don't know who they are. New guys. New talent. I pressed on hard. I cannot see anyone behind be as I ease up on Ned.  Is this it ? Is this how its going to end ?   No it did not. I was passed by one of our group members and I ended up passing one.

This race was a lot of fun. It began with about a mile of road before we got the single track. I got to the single track behind a kid with checker pants. Don’t know who he is (I think his name is Nick) but he got a lot fast from last year. Going up the first climb I passed Nick and Ekram passed me so at the top of the climb I was on Ekram’s wheel and Nick was on mine.

This was my first competitive road ride.   Going into the race I was super scared and did not know much about what to do or when to do it. The course was fairly simple, 40 miles of mostly rolling terrain except for two large climbs. My goal was to go as fast as I could for the whole race and not worry about where I finished.   As the starting car pulled us out, I made my way to the middle of the front pack. I was determined to stay in the lead pack for as long as I could.