Mountain biking race (BT Epic) 7:15:00  50.4 mi (7.0 mph) +5118ft
ahr:155 max:171 rhr:45 slept:6.0 shoes: Trek SuperFly
SO MUCH BETTER than last year. Like almost an hour and a half better. I've spent a lot of time on my mountain bike this year and have more bike miles since June than in pretty much any past year, so my conditioning was better and that showed on uphills. Still pretty slow, but I was able to keep riding more than in the past. I really need to work on descending and on riding switchbacks and anything remotely technical.
I stayed very focused on eating and drinking, and I think that was the biggest difference in my performance. I never felt great, but I never felt awful, just pretty steady. Zero mechanicals, no crashes. 6:56 moving time, so there was some room for improvement in efficiency, but overall I was quick at the aid stations and limited on-trail stoppage. Lost Chuck before Brazil, but I had a great time on my own. Very good day. That said, next year I'd really like a finish time that started with a 6.