April Snows Bring Race Entries
HOLY 33 DEGREES!!! Pardon my French, but- FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF*CK!!
Oh well it's cold. It can't be helped. I wasn't in to earning any hard man points tonight. You do a ride in 80 degree weather on Tuesday and 33 degrees today and the next thing you know you have something that resembles a spoiled cat fish growing in your chest. No thanks.
So with 4 hours under my belt this week, and plans to keep the week pretty low key, I opted for an hour on the trainer listening to the new LCD Sound System. Good stuff. At first I didn't dig it as much as the last one, but it really grew on my fast. One of those albums you pick up more shit you dig as you listen. You can check the video out for "North American Scum" out HERE! or listen to sample from the Sound of Silver HERE!
As I said earlier I registered for the Mohican 100 earlier today and I'm stoked to be going back. Really revamped my schedule to play to the fun factor and to the money factor. I'm real happy with this plan and look forward to seeing and racing with some of my old friends and fellow bloggers.
I could NOT bare to pay the price for the Granny Gear event at Big Bear. $330 is just re-god-damn-diculous. Granny Gear and similar promoters are catering to a select few that can afford to throw that money around. I stand by lower cost-more racers-more competition-more money, but what do I know, I just race them, and are glad there are folks out there putting races on.
I could have done the race, but that would have blown a SERIOUS chunk of my budget. If you only do one or 2 races a year than this is one of THEE events to do. Well run on a great course (that I hope to race on in the fall at the W.V.M.A. Ultra) but I like to "slut around" with my racing and $330 for one race (and a free t shirt) is not in my plans right now.
Then I made plans to head up to New York for the Hard Core 24. A great course, great folks, with an $85 early registration fee (currently $100). Plus the money goes to help the Boy Scouts and that's damn cool of them. I can't say enough about how well this race was run last year. Showers, timing, food, great trails, swag, prizes, etc.. A great 24.
But, at 5.5 hours away, I started thinking of logistics/family, etc., Tom was generous enough to volunteer to help out, but it just seemed like a LOT of work for folks just to race.
I also thought, do I REALLY want to travel that far for 24, since I'm not that sure how much I really ENJOY a 24 solo. I ENJOY when they're over and the sense of accomplishment, but I actually ENJOY the "Hundies", 4, 6 and 12 hour races. So I think I've got my schedule pretty much set with a couple ? marks here and there.
- 04/21/07 Leesburg Bakers Doz. 13 Hour Race, Leesburg, VA*
- 05/20/07 M.A.S.S. Marathon, Granogue, DE (if I find camp site near venue)
- 06/02/07 Mohican 100, Loudonville, OH*
- 06/24/07 12 Hours of Cranky Monkey, Quantico, VA
WHY IS JULY A GIANT VOID OF RACES????
- 08/04/07 Wilderness 101, State College, PA
- 08/18/07 18 Hours on The Farm, Goochland, VA (details to come)
- 09/22/07 W.V.M.B.A. Big Bear Ultra, Hazelton, WV
- 10/14/07 Iron Cross V, Michaux State Forest, Carlisle, PA
* Denotes already registered.
There should be some room for 1 or 2 other here or there, but this is most of it. The fall might have the Month of Mud XC races too, so who know, THAT's a long way off.
F.Y.I. the first four races combined are still less than ONE Granny Gear event. That's about 40 hours of racing for the price of one 24, HA! Maybe next year.
Oh well, the season is coming fast. If it stops snowing it's gonna be damn fun!
Now for your Moment of Zen....