Just back from popping my XC competition cherry. Head said long steady training ride, heart said Gorrick. Heart won, head went into full retreat with an entry for the 7lap (nuts)
There's nothing like first time nerves to make you feel alive! Round the first bit of the course - how nice there's lots of singletrack. End of first lap (10m later) fuck me what have I done this is not right. Total inability to not race, only have to hear a chain slap or see a rider ahead and the pain cave is accessed. Now I understand why my Flux handles like it does. On the second lap it all comes together but towards middle of 3rd I start to cramp, tiredness starts to affect line, trees get brushed and an injury is very likely so I bail at the end putting in 3 laps before being sensible/wimping out.