This was a 62 mile gravel race in Hastings, Michigan. The course was mostly hard-pack dirt roads with many short stretches of pavement. The conditions on race day were mostly frozen but it had rained the night before so the low areas were muddy.
Los Cabos was the third of Martin’s post-RAAM Ironman season. The weekend before, I ran the Mountain Goat 15k in Kickapoo Park, followed by a long ride over all the hills around the park as my last long training. I came in 8th/128 in the hilly 9 mile race and felt good on the bike afterwards, so I knew the 150 miles-a-month run training had me in good shape. This was the “Run-Bike” part.
My Cx season this year started off with a Pro Clinic by Tim Johnson. Aaron Lael and I went. It was an all day clinic that focused on the fundamentals. Not exactly what I was expecting, but it was useful to break everything down and really think about what you were doing. From there the season varied from 95 and sunny to 10 and snowy.