Posted by on May 5, 2007 in Uncategorized | No Comments

I got worked. I pulled the plug a couple miles into my 4th lap. It started to unravel quickly, and I had no desire to get a ride off course from a 4 wheeler. Things went well, really, except that I could not get any liquid out of my pack. Any attempt to fix it resulted in failure, so I was relegated to the small freebie every 10 miles at the start/finish area. The lack of sufficient calories just took it’s toll. The legs were feeling decent, but with the incoming bonk they were getting a bit shaky on that final lap.

I hate DNFing. Hate it. But it was the smart decision. I guess after a silly one (moving up, racing pro on the SS) I was due to use my head. I will race the SS again, but it will be in the SS class.

I did get a lot of work done though. 35 intense miles. That was what I was after. It’s all with a bigger picture in mind, and today was training more than racing.

I think I knew I was in trouble when Kenny Jones looked at me before the race like I was crazy. I thought, “If Kenny thinks this is bad, it must be bad…” Kenny did the E100 on a SS, and finished in the top 10. I thought he was crazy for doing that!

I always knew the local Pro’s were fast. But trying to chase them down was incredibly harder than I thought it would be. Those guys are the real deal, and it was fun trying to hold on as long as I could.

All in all it was a solid, hard, painful workout. I learned a lot, and next time I won’t be quite as ambitious. But that still doesn’t mean I won’t get another delusional notion and line up the SS at a 12 hour sometime.

Maybe in June…


  1. Dave Byers
    May 5, 2007

    Way to step up and mix it up with the pros. Yeah, trying your first race as a pro on a singlespeed against geared racers is a bit ambitious but what the hell…its all good training.

  2. UtRider
    May 6, 2007

    All things considered I think you rode a very impressive race. Just riding a SS is crazy, much less lining it up with the pros for 44 miles!

  3. Dave
    May 7, 2007

    Arrrggggg! Bladder failure 😉 Hate that….

    Last fall my fancy Ultimate Direction bite valve went FUBAR at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, so the only way I could get water was to lip-lock the whole valve and pull really hard. Stomach cramps.

  4. Anonymous
    May 7, 2007

    longer distance on SS are tricky. it’s about gear choice and being super careful not to blow up. it works your entire body. i still cant find your contact email on this site. do you have a google map of the KTR? i need some info on good spots to filter water. thanks,

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