But I don't think we were dragging my teammate Nina Baums dog ANYWHERE today....not even to the contest. He could have cared less.
Then I admit that I was taking in the views of the Aspens:
And of the mountains in the distance:
And checking out the venue:
And oh yeah, then there was me putting our awesome team mechanic, Eric to work truing wheels, checking Stans levels, talking tire selection and most importantly changing out my front shifter to the dual control XTR. Otherwise I was not going to have front shifting during the ride today or race tomorrow due to my still broken (and now powerless) thumb.
What I have been doing with my current shifters to shift is taking my left hand off the bar and hitting the button with my left index finger. THAT method unfortunately wasn't gonna fly when descending through trees over rocks and roots at mach speed.
Once Eric got the bike all ready to rumble I headed out onto the course which was a very dry fire roady uphill climb (1200+ vertical feet) then a fast singletracky rocky and (dry) rooty descent. 4 laps tomorrow on that sucker.
As for the thumb itself, it was ok. I mean when you give it and yourself NO CHOICE other than holding on for dear life, that is what it does, whether it has strength or not. It did get jarred some here and there and it let me know that is was not super psyched about it...... but one's gotta race because one is going stir crazy being all couped up!!