Another new one for me today. Super D (downhill) is a less technical, longer version of a downhill race that still requires pedaling as there are a few ups as well, so no big bikes required. In fact my hardtail was plenty adequate on today's course. We set off at 10 second intervals on a double track gradual descent. Pretty soon I was pushing the highest gear I have (not sure I've ever been in my big chainring for that long!) Near the end, a few uphill kickers finished off the punishment. I was very surprised that I managed to stay anaerobic the entire race. Heart rate averaging 185, peaking up at 198! The only tricky parts were negotiating the sandy/pea gravel areas and not wiping out on the corners.
Knowing I still had the main XC race tomorrow, I played it safe, wanting to finish without injury to me or the bike, so took it conservatively. I finished in 21:04 for this 6 miler and that put me 6th overall. Only one gal in my age ahead of me, so we'll be battling it out for the overall GC tomorrow.