|Chatting with Marathon winner Mark Gullet before the start|
Like most of my endurance mtb races I try not to start off too fast, but getting into a decent pace and build on it every lap a little faster. I spent the majority of the first couple laps in 4th place, but liked my HR and pace and knew it was only going to get better and it did. My 3rd, 4th, and 5th laps (out of 6) were my best as I was pushing the pace more (keeping a close eye on the HR) and my flow was much better. During this time I caught 3rd and 2nd places and was able to ride the last lap with less pressure on the pedals just making sure to run it clean. 2nd place to Mark's dominating win (expected) and I was happy with that.