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Moab Rim Ride Sucks

31 Mar

I know I said I’d have a report up by Monday or Tuesday but Saturday was a much bigger effin day than I thought it would be.  I’ve now recovered enough to type.

When I say the Rim Ride sucks I really mean it sucks for you if you haven’t done it before and that it really  sucked for me at the 5 hour mark and the suckage lasted for what seemed forever.

The Rim Ride has been on my bucket list for several years but it has always scared me because it’s so early in the season and it’s so effin hard.  I figured if I don’t get it done this year before we move out of state who knows when or if it will ever happen.

For the uninitiated the Moab Rim Ride is an unofficial, unsupported (pack everything you think you’ll need for 12 hours in the desert) race that takes place every year in the Spring and links together some of the best, nastiest trails in Moab, all done in one day. Names like Metal Masher, Deal Breaker, Gold Bar Rim, Posion Spider Mesa, Blue Dot and Sovereign. So many trails I lost track, maybe a dozen.

I drove down Friday night and camped it in the back of the Volvo 240 at Moab City Park. Scary place. I wouldn’t recommend the city park to anyone, safer to camp out in the boonies. What is it about small towns?

This is the last happy picture you’ll ever see of the 240, me camping out with my bike in 76 posh cubic feet of space.

We started at 5:30 a.m. with 2 hours of some really technical trail in the dark with lights. I think it was Bar M and Circle O trails followed by Sovereign. I hate night riding so it was nice to get that out of the way. 4 of us broke away fairly early and spent the next couple of hours together finishing Sovereign and 7-Mile Mesa area. I started to fade a bit as soon as we hit Deal Breaker, I think it was the name that did it for me.  I soon entered that awful dark place with no windows, bed or toilet. I was so close to pulling the plug on the whole thing that I swore to myself that once we hit the Gemini Bridges road I was just heading back to town.

With thoughts of quitting in my head I somehow made it to the Gemini Bridges road and got to coast for a mile or so and regroup and think things over. No way could I go home and tell everyone that I quit. I turned onto Metal Masher and was mentally more in the race but still hurting pretty bad. I figured I’ll just do Metal masher, reassess and decide what to do.

After Metal Masher I was still wanting to drop out but as I headed towards Bull Canyon I started seeing all these crazy adventure racers, some were even bungee corded together, running up out of the canyon on their way to Gemini Bridges, they looked like hell. I’m thinking, damn, they are suffering way more than me and are still moving forward one step at a time. I also started thinking about the Team and there was no way I was going to tell them I quit.  That gave me a jolt of inspiration, better than a Red Bull. I started feeling like Superman and pounded out Gold Bar Rim and Blue Dot, yes, pounded them out.

If you haven’t done Blue Dot you’ve missed the most technical, challenging trail in Moab, I’m not sure it was meant for bikes, especially after 9 hours of biking, it went on and on and on. At least the views helped pass the time.  All that was left was descending Poison Spider and 6 miles of pavement to the finish.

I’m pretty sure this pic is from Blue Dot, things were a bit fuzzy at this point in the ride.

I ended up finishing 3rd in 10hrs 29min and feeling like I had something left in the tank, enough that I thought I should drive home, turns out that was a bad idea.

Here’s race winner Kurt Refsnider basking in the admiration of his minions, myself included.  Side note: Kurt took 2nd at the Tour Divide Race last year, from Canada to Mexico in 18 days and change!

I ended up eating about 2000 calories worth of salted nut rolls and gels and drinking 220 oz of CarboRocket carried in 2 bladders in one Camelback Mule. Wouldn’t change a thing with nutrition.  I was really surprised by how good I felt at the finish line.  The Rim Ride is one of, if not the roughest most technical day long races that I’ve ever done and It’s only March.  Either this will be a great year or I’ll be burned out by June.

Huge thanks to Fred Wilkinson for putting this together and Jamie Pogue for the suspension fork, I’m sure I woulda died without it.

What’s a good road trip/race report without a little carnage? Coming down Spanish Fork Canyon I T-boned a deer and totaled the 240. Way bummed about it but glad I’m Ok. I’ve relived that moment over and over a hundred times, it was so surreal. I actually looked the deer right in the eyes in that split second before impact and then watched it die instantly and cartwheel across the other lane and off the road. It happened so fast there was no time to brake or swerve. In hindsight things could have been a lot worse had I had more time to react.

No new car in the near future, gonna try and make it with just one. Sounds like more bike time.

A Big Effin Day

25 Mar

It’s been too long. I don’t remember the last really big effin day I had on a bike. Saturday will be that day. What makes a big effin day? For me it means the following things will be different from, say, a small effin day.

  • Suspension, It’s been a few years but I think I remember how to use it
  • GPS, don’t want to get lost
  • 260 oz. of CR, never carried that much before
  • 4800 calories, never ate that much before
  • Space blanket, just in case
  • Almost forgot, 22t cog

Check back Monday or Tuesday for details. I hope I’m able to post details. I’m so excite, high five!

2010 And Beyond

8 Jan

I tried really hard to take a month off from posting anything on the interweb.   I guess I cheated if you count tweeting and facebook.  I thought it would be cleansing and renewing but its left me feeling slightly constipated instead.

2009 is over and all I have to say about that is if you haven’t seen District 9 well, then, you really haven’t finished your 2009. Seriously, you need to see that movie before 2010 can officially start.

Twenty Ten has a nice ring to it so I’d like to make it extra special. I’m still trying to figure out the details but have a few things on my mind. For one, I plan on becoming a triathlete in 2010. Not your normal triathlete mind you. I think there are a few too many geeks in triathlon *edit-none that I know of course* and pretty much zero dorks so I am committing to becoming a triathlon dork in 2010. I addition to racing triathlons on a single speed I plan on bringing back the Speedo. Triathlon just hasn’t been the same since men stopped wearing the Speedo. And really, who needs goggles for the swim?

Back to my real passion, mountain biking. I plan on doing a handful of ICUP’s and I’ll throw in as many 12 hour and 100 milers as possible. 12 Hours of Mesa Verde sounds cool as well as the 12 hous of Temecula.  My focus for 2010 will be the Butte 100 with my final push of the season being the Park City Point 2 Point, 2 of the best races anywhere! If I’m flush and feeling good I may try to do La Ruta, I’ve dreamt about that one for years.

You’ll notice I didn’t mention anything about 24 hour races or Leadville.  Until they figure out how to get rid of the riding between 12 am and 6 am I am protesting 24 hour races and I can pay for most of the years entry fees for what they want at Leadville this year.

Yes, 2010 will be a good year.  See you on the trails and on the road and maybe in the pool…nah, not the pool.

Choices, Colors And Biceps

6 Oct

Saturday’s dilemma; drive for 2 hours for 1 hour of racing or no driving for nearly 3 hours of Corner Canyon Fall goodness? With the girls no less.  Oh, and Jamie too.

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Just about the best Fall colors I’ve seen anywhere.  Tasha climbing on Crack AKA the South side of Suncrest.  I never see anyone over there and I’m always surprised because it’s so good.

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It’s hard to tell what bike I’m on because my biceps get in the way but I did the whole loop on the cross bike.  The DH on Maple and Oak Hollow were more than a little scary, good thing I brought the guns.

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I’m doing all my mountain biking (that’s 2 rides so far) on the cross bike because I want to kick ass at the races and when I do show up I will still probably make a fool of myself.  See you there.

Exposure And Perspective

28 Sep

The Gooseberry 100k started on top of Gooseberry Mesa, weird I know, and somehow during the ride we ended up at this lookout many miles away.  The finish, by the way, is back on top of that mesa.  I was feeling like I was in a little over my head at this point.

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But I’m getting ahead of myself.  A lot of us camped out on the deck the night before and I’m pretty sure only 3 people got any sleep, the snoring crowd.  Note to self, next year there will be a snoring yurt and a non-snoring yurt.

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Ever see an Ambien hangover and can you guess who will be banished to the snoring yurt next year?

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We did it right this year starting the 100k with a loop around Gooseberry, there is no way I would want to do that loop after 55 miles and climbing up the scenic byway from Rockville.

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The junction of the Rim and JEM trail would would prove too tempting for 3 of our group as someone had pre-determined that they would need to bail and left a car 1 mile down the trail, stocked with icy cold drinks no less.  I submit to that someone that they would have made it all the way.  However, this is about the point that the ride turned from fun pedaling into epic suffering.

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After about 6 miles of pavement from Virgin to Rockville there was a little treat waiting for everyone, a nearly 3000 foot climb from river valley back to the top of the mesa and the finish at the windmill.  All by itself it’s no fun yet somehow satisfying but after being on the bike for nearly 6 hours in 100+ degrees it was downright demoralizing.

We didn’t really keep track of finishing times but Dave Harris was first back to camp followed by Kris and KC Holley, Kenny Jones and then myself with Adam Lisonbee being the last finisher.

Satisfying to have finished and happy to find some shade.  I’m thinking same time same place next year, the Saturday after Interbike.  BTW, Who invited all the bald men?

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Gooseberry Roll Call

22 Sep

I’ve got a few calls and emails from people heading down this weekend and just want to remind everyone that if you are doing the whole 100k a gps or gps enabled riding buddy would be a good idea.

If your season is over and you just want to chill and only ride around Gooseberry still come on down and at least start with us then head back to camp and get the party started.

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Kenny had the brilliant idea of stashing some water at about the half way point at the parking lot of the Hurricane Rim.  So, yes, there will be some water at the halfway point.  Plan on packing all your food items with you and if you’re debating on whether to use a Camelbak just strap it on now.

There will be prizes (still working on the categories, suggestions please!) and after ride drinks.

Come celebrate the end of Summer.

Amazed

11 Sep

Sometimes I amaze myself.  Today I am amazing.  I actually figured out how to post the gps track for the Gooseberry 100k on the blog, well, sort of.  At least I can point you in the right direction.  Can I get some applause, even if its just one hand clapping.  Thank you.

Once you click on the following link you can download the track as a kml or gpx file.

Goose 100k GPS Track

See you Saturday the 26th bright and early at the windmill, 7:30a.m. start time to be exact.