Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Best Laid Plans

Or is that layed? Laid? Laid! That's my final answer.

At the beginning of the year I had a plan, went sumpthin like this:

Build fitness base from Dec 1 thru Mar 1. Continue with base work but add intensity gradually leading up to the first race - the Cohutta 100.

I planned to peak for Tsali and ride that wave through the Burn and Mohican with rest before ORAMM. I wanted to do well for Tsali (I did) and for ORAMM ( I sucked).

Ah the devil is in the details. At the beginning of the year, nobody told me I'd spend most of July off my bike, working my ass off in our house that instead of selling in a month or three like was projected, sold in 17 days. Nobody told me I'd be taking the rest of July and part of August packing, moving, stacking, unpacking........I feel like WALL-E.

All I do is pick up stuff from one pile and move it to another pile and then onto another pile. In short, I am nowhere near where I thought I'd be at this point in the season.

Fool's Gold is this weekend and I am doing the 50 mile race instead of the 100. Oh he's just doing 50 miles, piece of cake you might say. Well in some cases you'd be right but at the Fool's Gold 50 miles is hell, 100 miles is hell squared. I will enjoy it however, lack of fitness be damned, and I will also enjoy the post race festival that will be going on all weekend with large quantities of adult beverage and some good eats too. After the 50, I will be helping where I can in the Vassago tent. Vassago will be there with bikes to demo and goodies for the masses. The 100 mile race will be something to see with Jeff Schalk (3 time winner in the NUE series already), Chris Eatough, Jermiah Bishop and others all trying to get the $1000 that the winner gets. Having ridden this course already, I know what it's like. It will be interesting to see what kind of times are turned in.

After the FG what next? Well, it's hard to say. I was scheduled for the SM100 but now I am not so sure. It is only 2 weeks after FG and that's not much time to prepare. I have already DNF'd one hundie and suffered through another this year and I really wanted to finish one with more than just survival. I don't know what I am going to do yet.

Cyclocross is just around the corner and Vassago is working on something special for me (well not just me, y'all can have one too) that reminds me of something dark, creamy and delish.

We'll see how it comes out.


My name is Stephen said...

Yo, I'll see you this weekend, i'm still trying to decide on the 100 or 50!!!!

Duckman said...

Awesome! Looking forward to seeing you.

SandPine said...

Well we were going to be rooming on bunker 8 but looks like we'll be neighbors since you've been moved to bunker 7. Save me some Vassago swag will you? I may be the last to finish if I finish at all. See you Friday amigo.