I decided at the last minute to alter my planned route in the desert. Instead I stuck closer to town, and rode on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. I was able to get 6 hours, 52 miles, and 8500 vertical done. I was also able to test out some gear for the KTR. So both objectives were accomplished.
I also decided at the last minute to try and pack up my Wingnut 2.5 to see how my KTR gear would fit in it. I know the 3.0X will work, but I was curious about the 2.5. Well, it will work also. The determning factor on which pack I will choose will most likely depend on which water strategy I choose for the race. If I decide to haul water it will be the 3.0X. If I decide to filter, then the 2.5.
Overall it was a good ride. I was feeling a bit sluggish early on, but after a couple of hours the legs seemed to wake up and they felt decent after that. Mentally I was a bit of a basketcase early on as well. I was grumpy, and was struggling on sections of trail that are usually no problem. I am not sure where the bad attitude came from, but after a while I was my normal self again. Maybe it had to do with my MP3 player giving out 40 minutes into the ride?