In the competitive sporting world, the term DNF is one you never want to see next to your name in the race results. While it’s very rare that I end on a podium when racing my bike, one of the things that I’m pretty proud of over my years of cycling is I rarely have ever had the “dreaded” DNF (Did Not Finish) next to my name. That changed in Ishpeming this past February.
I was asked by the DNR staff member if I was “In State” or “Out of State” when I pulled into Potato Creek State Park near South Bend Indiana. I asked, “Does Michigan count as out of state?” He responded “definitely.”
I drove to South Bend jacked up on Kalamazoo Coffee and Ted Nugent on the Joe Rogan Experience Podcast.
My strategy going into this event was survive the swim, Rip it on the bike and see what was left for the run.
The Swim: Mucky and warm. 800 yards. It was a triangle shaped route. I got a little off course on the way back but was happy with my time.
The Bike: It was my first time at Potato Creek. 2 laps of the 8-mile course was on schedule. A good mix of roots, rocks, and dust.
The Run: Stupid Hilly. A delicate balance of discomfort, tight quads, and suffering.
2 hours and 10 minutes which was good for 21st overall and 4th in my age group.
July 29 I return to my Michigan Gravel Race Series campaign in Manton Michigan.