I pulled out of a 2 lap mtb race yesterday due to complete failure and fatigue. The race started by climbing a paved road for 1/2 mile then into the woods. Out of the group of 70+ riders I entered the woods # 7 to 9. It was a roadie dream start as those mtb'rs don't climb like roadies and I wasn't even pushing the envelope like I would in a RR. From there over the next 1 hr I believe most every rider passed me. There was no recovery in my body after any hard effort. Forty five minutes after I stopped racing and while standing at the finish line in the shade my HR was still 88 -92 bpm. Over night the sweats came on and my lungs began the burn. Today I've have a deep cold and every time I cough to clear the lung cookies I want to just die because my lungs and head both want to explode.
An interesting observation about the racers on the course. There was a huge number of racers in all three races on single speed mtb's with solid CF forks. I asked one racer about it and he said most are local racers who know the course and that a few years ago the promoter offered big prizes for SS bikes. Current races don't split multi-gear from SS. It was a hilly race with not many challenging sections or dangerous drops which should have played into my mtb strengths. There were even 5 unicyclist racing that I could not envision riding the same terrain. Those dorks are uber cool.
The mystery of my race disaster is solved, now time to deal with the cold. Thinking about it, I got a flu shot recently when I went to the doctors for the infection on my knee. WTF?