Thursday, June 30, 2011
June 30th and it is finally time to yank the road bike out of the garage. I have been so enamoured with the gravel, crossbike riding for too long of a time. Pumped up the tires last night, working out some squeaks, and will attempt to get used to the thin tires and higher gearing. I still think they are cheater bikes.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Second checkpoint. Very hot, nasty cramps. Turkey and cheese sandwiches, cokes, Tums, and 5 pickles with pickle juice cured it. I was really motivated to not give up. No matter what.
Our trip there was fantastic. I had the Wife, my 8 year old girl and the 18 boy as my crew. We also met up with riding buddies Mark and Jay and there crew.
Race meeting was on Friday and the race started on Saturday at 6 a.m. We rode all day in the 100 degree heat. Made the first checkpoint at mile 58 and had already gone through about 180 oz of water. Then made it to the halfway at mile 100. I neglected to drink as much and cramped. Then on to mile 160 and I was feeling really good. That's after going through a storm, complete with lightning, hail, strong winds and no place to hide. Made it to checkpoint 3 around 930 pm and then took off to finish the 200 miles. Rode a strong race, and finished up at 215 am with Aaron from the Nebraska crew. Out of 290 starters only 65 finished. I was in 55th position and in the mens open I finished in 36th place. I have so much more to say about all this put it is just not coming out. Maybe in the future I will be able to put it in words. It was truly amazing and I must say that I slayed a lot of demons and rode as hard as a could. Good organization on our part, bikes were perfect, hydration was awesome. Thanks to my family for dealing with this and to good friends Mark, Jay, Jill and Jim for being so awesome. Dirty Kanza was a great event and I hope to participate again.
Link to Dirty Kanza photos on flickr: