I should have known better. Most people put a fair amount of planning and training into a 60 mile mountain bike race. Not me. In my defense I have been too busy to train or sign up for races. That’s what I tell myself. It was a last minute decision that I really didn’t think through. Brooklynn and I bombed over in the Subaru early Saturday morning for round 1 of the NW Epic Series, the Stottlemeyer 30/60. It wasn’t long after the start that I realized everyone was faster than me. I can be in the trees and tech and just rippin’ (what I think) yet their stacking up behind me and gapping me in front. Fortunately I have concocted a brilliant excuse. I’m slower in the tight stuff because I’m tall and ride a big bike. That, and I suck. All excuses aside, it was a great course and I had lots of fun. Congrats to Logan Wetzel, Garett Heitman and Matt Lynch. Those guys were flying! Thanks to Roger, Kevin, and crew for a great race, looking forward to the next NWE at Echo.