Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Is It Too Late To Train For ORAMM?
See all those bumps? They hurt!!
That's the question that is on my mind and of course it's a rhetorical one because the answer is HELL YES it is to late to train for ORAMM. The race is this Sunday and for the last month, I have been moving, cleaning, moving, and selling our house. It is amazing how much crap you find in corners of closets and on top shelves when you move. Consequently, I have ridden much less than I had hoped to and my fitness is what it is right now and I'm going to just go with it and hope for the best.
Maybe I'll pack a tea set and have a tea party on Curtis Creek Rd while everyone rides by suffering a slow and painful death with each pedal stroke.
Nah, I think I'll take the day and just ride my bike paying no attention to the number plate on the front of it and just enjoy the freedom I have to be able to hop on my bicycle and ride all day long. I may even take my camera and take some pics.
Some numbers: ORAMM is 64 miles (give or take a mile) long and has around 11,000 feet of climbing. It is a mix of county roads, FS roads, double track and singletrack. It's not the most terrible thing you can do nor is it the easiest (it may be somewhat easier if I used gears but where's the fun in that? Easy is overrated). I expect to be on my bike for about 8 hours. My weapon of choice is a 2008 Vassago Optimus Ti 29 inch mountain bike with gearing of 32X19.
It will be good to ride again since I haven't done anything really that hard since me and Chris did the Cowbell a month ago. I didn't quit riding but moving and selling our house took a huge toll on my training. ORAMM is the only race I had planned in July (except for the Funfest races that I missed) so I guess the timing was good.
Since the race isn't until Sunday, I think I'll wait one more day to start training. I don't want to overtrain you know.
Posted by Duckman at 2:21 PM