We all finished the second day, but I'm not gonna lie: it was the most painful day I have ever experienced.
87km and lots of bumpy trail made for an excruciating day for me, both on the saddle and my back. The thought that went through my mind a lot today was, "why would anyone do this??"
And then we would hit a beautiful single track downhill, and I would feel great for a few more kilometers, temporarily forgetting my pain to focus on the trail and my technique for managing high speeds, rocks, sand, switchbacks and hairpins. Of course, the scenery was incredible, but pain takes away your ability to fully enjoy it.
I'm not 100% sure I will be able to finish this race. It's much harder than I expected and I'm just not feeling up for it. I've caught a cold on top of everything else, and sleeping in the tent with the cold mornings/evenings is not helping.
I'll give it my best tomorrow, and hope things improve!! I don't want to let my partner down! John was an absolute legend today, encouraging me along and talking me through the tears.
I'll just take it one kilometer at a time and hope my body holds up so I can complete the full nine days!