Saturday, January 28, 2012

Heading north

Today we leave for the Arrowhead.  The bike and bags are packed.  This is my third time up there.  The pugs weighs 55 pounds fully loaded--about 10-12 pounds less than last year.

Random thoughts:

Weather looks to be mild, but I will pack for everything.

It is fun hanging out for a couple of days with like minded individuls.

It is stressful leaving the wife, 4 kids and three dogs at home.

Major goals for the race:
1.) Finish
2.) Make it through without sleeping (have not done that yet)

Minor goals for the race:
1.) Make it Melgeorges (halfway) before dark.
2.)Make it to Crescent bar when it is still dark out

Steady pace, keep moving, keep eating, keep stops to a minimum.

Have a good weekend.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cold Feet

Cold Feet--to suddenly become too frightened to do something you had planned to do, especially something important

I always have thoughts of self doubt.  Did I train enough?  Is my set up correct?  The thoughts always go away to replaced by excitement, but they are always there.

Last week I went out in below zero temps for only the second time this year.  After an hour and a half, my feet started to get cold.  This summer a mouse decided to build a nest in one of my winter boots.  I found a bunch of shredded paper in it this fall.  Not a big deal, except I found some of the insulation is missing this week.  New boots came today.  Same brand/size-Cabela's.  Warmer than my old ones.  I'll ride them this weekend, but I'm sure they will be fine.

Training has been going okay the last couple of weeks.  7-9 hours/week, usually spread out among 3 rides.  Last Sun I was able to meet up with Tri for 4 hours.  Long rides are more fun with others.  I look forward to group riding at AH and in training for trans-iowa.

Have a good week.