iliketexmex sorry i didnt see you post sooner. The race was the Lord of the Springs race in the Michigan gravel race series.
The race was today. It went as well as I could have hoped. It was hard, probably the hardest ride I’ve ever done. However, I enjoyed every minute of it. I didn’t have any problems. All the other racers were friendly, encouraging, and helpful. I felt like I did the best I could have. I learned a lot too.
I finished in 3 hours and 6 minutes for about 38 miles. I averaged 12.2 mph. I placed 4th in my age group.
It was hard but I learned a lot and I would probably do it again. Thanks for all the advice and encouragement.