It was a Hot Metal day out there today. This was a great race put on by the Greensboro Police Club and many other sponsors. Nothing to exciting actually happened during this race for me which was a good thing. It was more about not blowing up and overheating in 4 hours. The temperature was around 80 and humid when the race started and by the end was 97 with a heat index of 103. There were a few people creeping and some standing on the side of the trail nursing cramps. I was making sure I was drinking plenty of water and electrolytes to hold off the cramps. I ended up getting cramps on the inside of my thighs on lap 6, and to fight this off I had a gel bottle filled with pickle juice (yes, it sounds gross but it works). It took about half a bottle and roughly five minutes and no more cramps for the rest of lap 6 and lap 7. Another trick to keep the core temperature down were ziploc bags of ice that I would put down the bag of my jersey for 2 laps at a time that I starte at lap 3 and it really helped. One of the trails (Owls Roost aka Owls Roots) is a rough trail because of all the roots and because of this I switched out my rigid fork for some front squish for this race and glad I did. Really didn't want to deal with the jarring since it was a hot day and wanted to conserve as much energy as possible. It was a very dry and dusty course and by the end I was covered in dirt sweat. At the end of the day I ended up putting in 48 miles in 4 hours and placing 6th in the Single Speed Category.