Today is my birthday. Too bad I’m going to be spending a majority of it travelling to Arizona. I like the travel involved in the sport. But, sometimes it gets long nowadays, especially compared to pre-9/11.
Luckily I changed my flight so I now have a direct flight to Phoenix to meet up with Trudi, Bromont and Vincent. I’m not flying until 3:30 now, so I am going to get a chance to go out for a ride.
I’m not really that big on birthdays. I used to try to ride the number of miles of my age, but it was never really a “rule”, so I kind of bailed on that. Hopefully I can get in a couple hours and stay relatively dry. Maybe I can do my age in kilos? Yesterday I started too early and got wet initially, then it cleared, but I was already wet. Crossing my fingers for just dry.
I’m a little worried about being unprepared for the whole 24 hour MTB thing. I‘m been hearing that it can be super dusty, plus smoky around the start/finish area. I’ve been worrying about a lung deal, nearly everyday I’ve been in Seattle, so the whole bad air thing is spooking me a little.
Plus the heat. I guess it can be in the 80’s, which really isn’t that hot, but when you’ve been riding in the 40’s in the rain, I’m sure it is going to be brutal.
Really, it is just a life adventure and learning experience. I’ll have a couple days to ride my MTB bike before the race, so I should know by the weekend what my hip can and can not do. I’m sure I’m going to be mildly wacked doing around 100 miles off-road when I haven’t ridden a single mile off-road in months.
But, like I said above, it should be fun and a great memory. Okay, I had better suit up and get out for a ride. I still have to pack my road bike, etc. after the ride.