This is always one of the toughest but most fun races of the season. It seems that the weather is always great and the course is fun too. This year I hoped to improve on my DNF last year. Although, I had to be realistic. I have been fighting a cold all week, which had gotten better but I still had a hacking cough and fluorescent snot. In the end it seems it was my back that gave out first. I have been having issues with since last season, especially when I have to do efforts in a big gear. But it was not all lost, I made it about a half lap further than last year and I think it was faster than previous years. I ended up doing a couple more laps and got some good training in too. Not a bad day but it could have been better.