The bike isn't going to make me faster but I can make some bikes go faster than others... The Epic and I just didn't hit it off. I never felt as fast on it as I did on my Anthem. I was thinking about going to a carbon hard tail but a combination of fit and availability led me back to the suspension design I have wanted to try for quite some time, not to mention EP giving me a sweet hook up on the frame! I am actually feeling really optimistic about this bike after talking to the only guy in St Louis who goes through bikes as fast as I do, TK. Tim said he totally understood what I was feeling on the Epic and that the OIZ should bring that snap back. I might even pull a Russ Murphy and build it up to race on Sunday... more likely at Landahl though.
In other news I took a full 5 days off the bike after the WORS race. I can honestly say that I wasn't feeling normal again until Thursday and by Saturday was chomping at the bit to start training again.
Jen and I went down to Council Bluff with the James Gang, C-money and the Sment and Dave Duo for our Memorial Day tradition. We had a good time partying on Saturday night and did some riding on Sunday. Jen and I opted to ride the lake loop which was in the worst condition I have ever seen. There were a fair amount of muddy spots and some downed trees. Overall the track wasn't in very good shape either with a bunch of debris left all over the place by the floods. I pushed it a bit for a lap and came up at 1:15 (counter clockwise with the hill) which is very slow for me. I can usually push sub 1:10 without that kind of effort but the combination of the first really hot day, poor conditions and flat legs had me feeling slow... It probably was the Epics fault.
I think I have decided to race at Rhetts Run this weekend. The thought of racing at Matson doesn't interest me at all. It's either going to be a really short race or 8 laps and neither are my style... Rhetts has always been good to me and for me to go do the DINO race alone would cost $90 in gas, $50 in hoteys and another $60 in food and entry fees so I think it's a no brainer... Especially since my chances at making any money aren't so good.
That is all.