TSE Stage 2. 37 miles and 6000 feet of climbing. Holy fuck. Mountain bike stage racing is hard. The first 12 miles flew by as we rolled on big gravel roads with a field of a 150 or so. Then the single track started. Then the climbs kicked in and then the descents pretty much beat the shit out of everyone. I felt good going up (well as good as one could anyway) but the down got me again. Had to actually stop on a descent today due to hand cramps. Finished up 25th overall and 11th in the team category. Pretty happy with it considering so far this race is way over my head.
Swallowed a ton of bugs today, actually tried to think about how many calories that could be. My mind goes to weird places that far in the red. Also saw bear shit on the trail. Like a lot of bear shit. Like a scary amount of bear shit.