Time to Suffer Again
All is a go for this coming weekend's Hardcore 24 up in Naples, NY. Reading about the action going on down at Big Bear this weekend has me pretty geeked up. I know I'll suffer like Stump the legless dog, but for some reason there's no feeling in the world like draining all life from my body, seeing the face of God in the bark of a tree at 3 a.m, telling myself I'll rest longer at the next pit stop then blowing through in an andreneline fueled frenzy grabbing some gels, contemplating a puke and heading out again, all for the glory of my Mid Pack Brothers and Sisters!
I'll be suffering more than normal too, since I'm going "old school" with minimal support (no mechanic/night crew) but I will have some top notch support from Wifey and B-Man, not to mention someone to drive my chapped ass home on Sunday. Without someone like Tom there to keep the bikes running and get nutrition, and lights ready I'm gonna try to have as much as possible ready to go.
Plan to pre fill all bottles, flasks, etc., have food choices laid out, clothes ready for all conditions, lights hooked up and ready, as well as a loose plan to change clothes, eat solids, switch bikes etc. Of course we all know there really is no PLAN to most of these races, since anything can happen at any time and sometimes you need to improvise. I also plan to borrow a Stun Gun to shock myself inbetween night laps and keep myself alert, awake and ready for axe-shee-on.
Side note- Recently I've been getting some motivation from looking at the NORBA Pro results. Not from the guys on the box, but from the guys that consistently finish 20 & 30 minutes down. These guys are super fit, faster than shit race junkies, that go out hard each race and never give up, because they NEVER know when it's gonna be their race! Cheers to them and their sponors that believe in them. Sooner or later it will be their day to stand on the box.
Did an hour spin last night before Wifey's B-Day festivities. Hope to get out tonight for a quicky, then home for one ;)
Time to wake the B-Man and start the day.