Sunday, December 21, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Here is a listing of events I am planning on doing in 2009. More may be added after RAAM depending on my recovery. See you on the road!
1/03/2009 200k Brevet Casa Grande AZ
2/07/2009 300k Brevet Casa Grande AZ
2/21/2009 Camino Real Double Century Irvine CA
2/28/2009 Death Valley Double Century Death Valley CA
3/07/2009 400k Brevet Casa Grande AZ
3/28/2009 Solvang Double Century Solvang CA
4/11/2009 Mulholland Double Century Calabasas CA
4/18/2009 600k Brevet Casa Grande AZ
4/25/2009 200k Brevet Delavan WI
5/17/2009 300k Brevet Delavan WI
6/17/2009 Solo RAAM (Race Across America) Oceanside CA
7/19/2009 RAGBRAI Iowa
10/03/2009 Furnace Creek 508 Santa Clarita CA
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
2008 National 24-Hour
One of my goals this year was to break 400 miles in this event. In the past I came close with 386 miles, but close just isn't good enough. This was going to be the year!
My good friend Justin Braathen and I drove to Grand Rapids MI and met my other crew member Jennifer Bixby who recently moved to Michigan. Justin and Jenn quickly established a good rapport and worked well together.
Riding off and on with a pack, the first 200 miles were done in just 10 hours--way too fast! Finding a more sane pace I hit 300 miles a little after midnight. Things were ahead of schedule and I was feeling good.
Then the thunderstorm hit! Fortunately it only lasted about an hour but it cost everyone precious time. After the storm passed, I stopped to change into dry clothes. Jenn had heated up some delicious pasta and Justin was standing by with chocolate milk. I readily consumed the fuel while they helped me change clothes. Revitalized, the rest of the night was uneventful. I crossed the above finish line with 405.7 miles.
This event remains one of my favorites. Besides the great race organization and good cycling routes, it's almost like attending a reunion since many of the same cyclists come year after year. It was especially nice to see my friends Rob Schaller, Rich Becker, Michelle Dulieu and Jim Hlavka. Rob is always a strong rider. Rich, Michelle and I rode together last year in New York at QuadZilla. Jim recently had surgery so he was unable to ride. Always a class gentleman, Jim came anyway to crew for another rider.
Special thanks to my super crew and good friends Jenn and Justin for a job well done--you were AWESOME!