by Buzz Wright
I didn't feel great during the 4/5 race but was able to stay near the front. The pace slowed multiple times causing the group to get pretty wide in the corners, which made for some stressful moments. One rider in particular was moving off his line way too much. With one lap to go I was in perfect position in the 4th spot, but was a little tentative and ended up losing a couple spots on that lap. Looking back I should have been more aggressive in holding my position. I didn't put up a very good sprint and ended up getting 7th.
My legs were pretty worn out starting the 3/4 race. The pace was rough from the beginning and I had thoughts of sitting up more than a couple times. I burned some matches here and there closing gaps that I let open up on the corners and started cramping in both calves with about 10 minutes to go. I stayed near the front though and was again able to maintain a nice position (top 10ish) with 2 laps to go. In the back of my mind was the need to be a little more aggressive in holding my position for the last lap and I made a decision to move up on the outside in a tight corner and unfortunately my speed carried me to the curb. I almost saved it but ended up going down, luckily not taking anyone else with me. As I got up I could hear the bell being rung for the last lap and I was just so frustrated with myself. Wish I could do that lap over but I'm glad I didn't hurt anyone, the bike is fine, and I didn't get hurt.
I'm very proud of Ken and Jimmy -- they raced very well and I can't wait for the next one!