I think I came last…A new personal slowest record.

Mountain Bike Racing at Ickworth House

On Sunday there was no Kettlebells in Chelmsford as I donned my lycra outfit (control yourself ladies!), got lubed up and went racing.

I was in the Mud Sweat and Gears Mountain Bike Race at Ickworth House near Bury St Edmunds.

Its a series of races I do every year. I love it.
I find it physically challenging, technical and its a great chance to hang out with a load of nice people dressed in lycra and not feel stupid!

Ickworth House is a beautiful venue. Bomb holes, hills, woodland, fast winding track, ditches.

The weather the previous day had seen heavy rain which made a large part of the track a mud run.
Spinning wheels, no traction, slipping, sliding all over the place, it was treacherous.
It took me 1 hour 10 minutes to do 6 miles and an average heart rate of 162.
A new personal slowest record.

Now I will be honest with you, I didn’t come in the first. Nore in the top 10, or 20, in fact I could have come last!

Some of the other competitors that take part in these races weigh the total of a ‘steak’ I would consume for dinner given the chance.
They also have bikes which you would have to take out a small mortgage with and legs with the the power of kangeroo.

Despite being slightly more rotund and being on a cheaper bike I still loved it.
I did the best I could and I crossed the finish line with people cheering me on.
A new experience, some new friends and some lessons learned.

The truth is people like underdogs as much as they experts and champions.
Rocky Bolboa, Susan Boyle. James “Buster” Douglas vs Mike Tyson.
I’m sure you can name a few of your own.

So the next time you feel intimidated at trying something new or a little intimidated by the people around you when your training.
Don’t worry about coming last. They probably want to see you do well.

Russell Pearcy


About the Author Russell Pearcy

Russell Pearcy has been working as a health and fitness coach for over 25 years helping men and women who feel tired and washed up get back in shape. Russell has also draws upon his experience as an Ironman triathlete to help coach others through this life changing transformation.