|Before all the pain. Photo by Tammy|
Monday, June 11, 2018
Friday, May 11, 2018
|Picture credit: Icon Media|
The last time I had made the trip south for PMBAR was 2010. I have changed a lot in the last 8 years, but so has my amount of riding in Pisgah. So, I am in a lot better shape, but not as familiar with all the trails. The only time that I have actually finished this race (4 check points in less than 14 hours) we grabbed 4 check points and finished with 20 min. left on the clock. My goal was just to finish and hopefully in less time than that. My teammate had a little more aggressive goals, but we both gave some and came up with a goal somewhere in the middle. We figured that 4 check points in 10 hours should be possible and to try and go for 5 check points if at all possible. The ultimate goal was to finish before dark. That should be fairly easy right??
|You need to be prepared for anything|
I ended up sleeping pretty good for most of the night, but I did wake up about 3:30, hit the bathroom and had trouble falling back asleep from there. Eventually it was time to get up and get ready. The morning routine was pretty typical and soon enough I was loading up to head out the door. With all the traffic at the start finish area, we decided to park at the ranger station and ride over. We got there in plenty of time and waited around until it was time for Eric to give out all the pre-race info.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Once we got in to town, we went to the house to unload. After we were moved in we kitted up and went out for a ride to loosen the legs up. Since we were pretty close to downtown, we decided to head over to Bracken and do an out and back. It was a lot warmer than Indiana has been and the climb up Bracken was a lot harder than I thought it would be. Heart rates were elevated and pedals were turned so we only went part of the way to the top and turned around to head back toward the house.
|Sporting the new Carbo Rocket jersey|
It was a shorter ride than I thought it would be, but honestly it was probably all we needed. After we got back, we cleaned up some and headed over to get checked in. Check in went quick and we were just hanging out for a little bit before heading back to the house.
We got a bite to eat at Big Mikes, relaxed for a little bit and then made our way over to Brevard Brewing for a little bit. Good times were had and beers were drank. After we got back to the house we got things ready for in the morning. We also looked at the map and discussed route options and pros and cons of taking certain trails. This was good for me just to get things refreshed in my head. I was trying to keep hydrated by mixing in things other than beer. I did an ok job of it and slipped away quietly to try and crash early. There was going to be a huge day in the woods tomorrow, so I might as well try to be as prepared as I can.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
In somewhat of a last minute decision, I was talked in to racing the Barry Roubaix in Michigan. I have always wanted to check this race out, but it just seemed like a long drive to a race that has a history of bad weather. Part of what talked me in to going was the fact that I had a ride for a little over have of the drive. This makes traveling a lot easier. It also helped that there was a group of people going that I always have a lot of fun around.
|Hard to believe that in a 7.5 hour drive I could end up behind someone I know, who is going to the same race.|
One thing that I didn't realize when I started to commit to this thought was that everyone was signed up for this new race class this year. The Psycho Killer 100 mile class. I really wanted to race the 62 mile class, but with the start times being different and making logistics more trouble, I reluctantly signed up for the hundo. I was thinking about racing the SS, but once I entered this class I figured there is no reason not to take gears. I had also heard the race is pretty fast and flat, so spinning my brains out for 100 miles didn't sound like fun.
|Not a bad place to be for a long trip|
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
The last couple years I have joined some friends on a trip to Pisgah. The trip is filled with some big rides that include plenty of elevation. With the races that I have planned for this year, I decided to take my SS for the trip. I normally have a hard time keeping up with the group, but if I hope to have any chance at finishing a couple of the races on the list, I knew I needed to see what I could do.
This year we did things a little different and rented a house so we could all stay together. The group was bigger than the last two years and the house worked out great. It let us all start together easier with out having to meet someplace and it also gave us some more hang out time in the evening. We could also fix what each of us wanted for breakfast and not having to put up with hotel food. It also helped to have a full size fridge to hold all the beer too.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Last weekend was the second running of the Dirty South Roubaix in Southern Illinois. Last year a last minute decision had me at the starting line and I had a great time. The area has some great views and nice gravel roads. This year there was a couple more classes and with my trend for the year I signed up in the single speed class. Coming off of a great ride at the Gravel Grovel, this didn't seem like that bad of an idea. All I can say is that I'm not really sure if it was a good idea.
We decided to head over on Friday night just to make the morning a little easier. We got there early enough to check in and get a bite to eat. Hanging out with a group of people is part of what makes racing even more fun. Riding the actual race is "fun", but most of the time you are suffering all alone in your head. At times there are others around you, but it can get very lonely in your head.
Thursday, March 1, 2018
There is a yearly trip to Florida every February. I have made the trip a couple of times, but not too many. I didn't really plan on going this year, but a few things ended up happening and my winter training was lacking so I decided to join in on the trip. Previous years they had been going to Clear Water Beach area. It was a nice place that had bike lanes all the way out to Fort Desoto and back. Two years ago I was there and we had a lot of flats. The lanes had a lot of debris and the traffic was increased from previous years. That bike lane also has a lot of start and stops along the way.