Schaeffer is open again. The trail was littered with leaves, twigs, branches, and down trees from the whole winter, but nonetheless it was dry and fast - if my leg power was up to the challenge. Anyway, Chris and I did 10 miles in Schaeffer, came out and then finished the HMC and BH. I wanted to add a little more miles so I did another loop in Schaeffer. In the end I logged in 37 miles total. A few points to be considered for the upcoming race:
1. I need a new saddle. The Fizik Arione looks great and weighs nothing, but 5 hours on that was definitely a form of punishment. I'll probably get another WTB Rocket.
2. The rear tire pressure was probably set too high (36 psi, non-tubeless). I was bounced left and right, fighting the roots all the time.
3. My palms started to feel uncomfortable. The gloves (Fox Sidewinder) didn't help much.
4. I need to get used to the BB7 brakes. At one point I pulled the lever but didn't get much braking power, pulled a little more and it almost threw me off the bike.
Ran into Mr. Natural's, Paul, Bones, and Squirrel girl.