Rode my first race yesterday. It was the King Phillip enduro in Wrentham Mass. Entered B-Vet class. Rode 80 miles with only one 9min break to refuel. My ass and the rest of my body are quite sore. Came in near last or last with 154 points. The story: Up at 4:30 am Load up and head out by 5:30 At track at 7am Join AMA and enter event. Not sure what to do for the event, but wanting to ride the whole event I enter Vet B-Class. Those guys rip and looking at the score sheets after, the B-vets had the fastest times in B-class for the day. Probably not the best choice. Got my route sheet and went for some help on how to use it. Oh S@#T, this is a little more involved than I thought, resets, free territories, key time? Oh Boy. Get the rundown, but am still clueless. Race starts and I am off. Hit my first check point perfect, reset Never engaged my odometer after reset and now have no clue as to where I am so I pick up the pace. I burn the next checkpoint by 2 min. Reset Hit third checkpoint right on time, been crashing a little and stalling a little, Never reset or rolled the route sheet, follow arrows, drink Next checkpoint 8 min late and then reset and rolled rte sheet. Probably around mile 25 right now. Too much weight in pack, shoulders burning, hands are numb. Hitting the wall, so I backed off the pace a little, knowing I had a long day ahead of me. This is where not knowing how or when to make up time cost me many points. I hit a few trees and it is taking a lot out of me. I get on the smoothe stuff and some roads, but have no clue how fast to go to make up time, so I just follow the guy in front of me when I should have kept trucking while it was easy. Did I say my ass hurts. Firs spectator section, people cheering, I don’t know those people, but I love them! I have lost all concept of reset, time and direction. It’s tough to keep up with it without a computer. I love the trail markers. 20 min layover for fuel. To keep on time, since I was 11 min behind, I have 9 min to rest and refuel. OUCH! Gone in 9 min and very tired. I dumped every tool out of my pack and shed 5 lbs. That helped. Gave up on the route sheets, time and resets and set my goal on ending the race by just riding it out. Really cramping up, but it’s just pain, nothing critical. Last 8 miles was the tightest, freshest singletrack I have ever seen.. 1st gear and clutching it. It was tight. Wan’t to stand, but can’t. too slow and twisty. Finding the WR to be a little big for the first time. Finally finish, exhausted and sore. I think I could have done much better if I knew how to use the free time areas and when to make up time. I was basically clueless on all of that, but had a great ride. It was a true test of my endurance. There is so much funny stuff to tell, but I just can’t type it all. I can now relate to the first ride stories and will read more of the. Every time I read one, I say to myself, “man, that guy crashes a lot”. Now I understand. My hat goes to all you racers. Thanks for all the advice in previous posts about racing..