Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Maybe I spoke too soon...

I really want to cross that finish line! After reading Dicky's blog and a few other accounts of what it's like to finish this beast of a race, I need to cross that line.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Learning the hard way (keep it short)

Experience is the best teacher, and I've just been schooled. I've had this notion for a couple of years now that ultra endurance mountain bike racing was gonna be my thing. I've ridden the miles, done the hours in the saddle, eaten the lean meat and fish. What I've discovered (especially after yesterday's Shenandoah Mountain 100) is that I really suck at it.

Every ultra-type race I've attempted has ended the same way; DNF.

I can tear it up for about 3 hours, then I lose all will to live, let alone race my bike anymore. OK, that may be a little of an exaggeration, but you get my point.

I am glad that I attempted Shenandoah because it has forced me to take a good look at myself and what I'm actually good at. It has forced me to ask myself if it's still fun, this racing thing. And it is...for about 2 hours.

I guess I better buy a cyclocross bike.

Friday, September 02, 2011

September Stormtrooping

It's here. The days of surreal stupendousness. Fall. I love this time of the year. 99% of the heat is behind us, leaves turning, hockey and chilliness are ahead.

As I write this, the Shenandoah Mountain 100 is two days away for me. Those of you who have visited this here blog over the past several years know that I've talked about this race alot, but I've never done it. There are many (good) excuses for this: dislocated shoulders, bum knees, laziness...All of that is history. I will be on the starting line at 6:30am Sunday.

I'm looking forward to it for a couple of reasons. First, I'm in shape and I'm rested, which almost never happens. Second, if after a few hours I'm having a terrible race, I can revert to "fun" mode and just enjoy some great trails and great people, then great beer.

Bottom line, I'm gonna enjoy my first attempt. Cheer me on...