I suck, but I'm famous.
OK maybe not famous but I raced in my first MTB race this year. Didn't do too well but I feel good that I did it. Two years ago I couldn't make it around the course once without stopping several times to catch my breath. For the race we had to do two laps. Never would have thought I'd ever enter a race when I started riding. Just did it for the exercise. Would have done better except for a meeting with a tree limb which shattered my helmet.
(Binder Lake, beginner men over 40, Bob Hagan)