Monday, January 19, 2009

In over my head

I've got some friends who are also conmen, and have caused me to cave to the peer pressure of throwing my name in the hat for the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike race in August. What are the implications you might ask? There are a few big ones. Namely:

  • I won't enjoy riding my bike as much this year. Sure, at the end of the year I'll look back and say it was the best year ever, but I'm going to have to abandon being content with comfortable on rides and spend some time suffering a little or a lot if I hope to be conditioned for this thing. Those who have ridden with me know how ridiculous this will sound - but I'm putting it out there - if I'm driving clear to Leadville to ride my Bike up and down that big mountain for 100 miles (most I've ever ridden in a day is 25-30) - if I'm really going to subject myself to that, then my intention is to do it in less than the 9 hour mark.
  • I'm going to need the support of my wife and the conmen. Annie's already on board, and we've had preliminary discussions on how I can fit the training work it's going to require (a lot) into our schedules - she's been totally supportive of what's shaping up to be a pretty selfish calendar towards me this year - thanks babe! As for the conmen - will probably just need them to keep calling me the same names they've been calling me to trick me into doing this in the first place.
  • If I'm so unfortunate as to land a spot in the race, ruining my poser strategy of sending a check and hoping my name isn't drawn - it's a lottery - then the endurance cycling trifecta may be back in play for me this year - unlikely, but maybe if bullets 1 and 2 go dramatically better than expected we'll give it a shot.
  • My race budget for the year is growing. We're turning a few of the races into mini vacations for the whole family - the kids are total outdoors junkies and some of this years race locations lend themselves nicely to quality family getaways. I've already set aside the funds as there's a good chance income will be a little less this year than years past.
  • Serious, consistent conditioning starts tomorrow. Here goes Hell!


Anonymous said...

thats a pretty lofy goal dude. I know your up for riding that much but are you really ready to give up the "deliciousness"?
Plan on going to RAWROD with me as a early season precurser to the mayhem.

vh1 said...

If you can ride 20 miles of singletrack, you can ride 100. My training started last week.

Jason said...

Pat - I ate some brocolli tonight, so that's a start. Offset it with a few handfulls of Cadbury Easter Eggs which are in stores already and throw a major wrinkle into the diet portion of my training. I think Rawrod would be a good idea.

Sam - aka king of the mountain - I'm going to lean on you to help get me ready to ride this thing in 9 hours.

Anonymous said...


Had I known you were Sam reincarnated I wouldn't have tried so hard to get you to commit.



Jason said...

Zeph - yep, I'm going for it! Although the prospect of it got more ridiculous after the major crack that occured on the cross country ski route last night, haven't been dropped like that since trying to chase Sam up Clarks on the bike.