Results and thanks are here.
Physically, I am exhausted from all the trail work, marking, hauling stuff out and back. I managed to climb on my Dos Niner and do the race knowing from last year that I would be low on energy. I started at the back of the pack knowing my condition. Regardless, I had fun visiting with other racer's out on the course and just seeing how the course was riding. I finally turned up the screws for the second half of lap 2 and for all of lap 3 after my daughter yelled at me at the first road crossing for going so slow. ;-]
In an attempt to keep from painting any chalk on the pavement, I didn't mark the 2nd road crossing where the course marshals were in a very clear manner. My wife and Gayla report back that several racers had trouble figuring out which way to go at that crossing. Otherwise, I think that the course was pretty clear on which way to go. The additional 3/4's of a mile meant longer lap times for all compared to last year (and more climbing).
We had 61 racers this year compared to 41 last year. So that was exactly the kind of growth I was happy to see and I deem the race a success having learned a lot from last year's event. I had targeted the snacks, drinks and registration forms for a maximum of 70 - so I was pretty close to being spot on with all of that. Last year we had way too much food and lots of leftovers that didn't get eaten.
I spent a couple of hours taking the course markings down last night and the DNR guys let me hop on their 4 wheeler as they took me through the backwoods to pick everything up as a storm with 60mph winds, lightening and heavy rain was rolling in quickly. I picked up everything but 2 corners before the lightening hit. I will head back out today to make sure I get those and clear any arrows off of the ground.
Tuckered out from the entire week, but tonight it is the I-Cubs with the family!!!