After much prayer, and a pre-course ride of the 20 miler a few weeks earlier, and based on my skill level on a VERY rough course, I decided to ride the short course; 7 miles. Wanted to finish in under an hour, and I did. Brutal 1st 3 mile climb, long steep, technical single track going down, with a smatter of brutal quick climbs thrown in. Good creek crossings, great weather, and FUN FUN FUN!!