Thursday, September 24, 2009

One Week Out.

The Furnace Creek 508 is "only" 509.5 miles. Just 2.5 times the length of a double. But it's much more than that. This is obviously true at the physical exertion level. But the addition of a crew brings in all kinds of logistical issues. There's the in depth planning. There's the endless need for more stuff. No longer are you limited to one bike, and whatever minimal added things you want to bring with. In a way, this makes the adventure that much more epic - because you are forced to put much more into it, and this in itself gives the race more importance. I've never prepared so much or cared so much about the outcome of an athletic event than I have for this race. But as much as I love buying new bike gear - part of me wishes there was a way to do it without so much stuff. Alright, I guess I could do it with less stuff. But the need for support, and all the extra complications that come with it, is still there. I can't wait to be out there on the road - all of the prep completed - only having to worry about the next pedal rotation.

Many people don't understand how bike racing is a team sport. But what may be even more surprising is that solo ultra endurance racing is also very much a team sport, but in a different sense. Our crews are absolutely essential - and I do look forward to sharing this experience with mine.

Pics below of my climbing bike (decked out w/ TT wheels) and my support car rack setup. Yep, I'm not using a van!

1 comment:

  1. Hello my dear,
    At least I have this way to connect with you even though I won't be able to be there. You have my best wishes, my support and prayers as you embark upon this most challenging adventure. It sounds and looks absolutely incredible. Like your Mom, I am so thankful that you have given very careful thought to All details and All has been so carefully planned. My heart is with you, although it is lots of strength and endurance that I wish I could pass on also.But now that I say that, you have more endurance and strength in your little pinky than I do in my whole body. You Rock! Talk to you soon. I love you, Aunt Gracie