Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Dirty Kanza Dreamin?

In Dec. 2009 I signed up for my first Dirty Kanza 200.  My husband bought me a crossbike, and one for himself, as I had talked him into riding it also.  It was our 11th weddin' anniversary and Jim's birthday weekend.  Some couples go to restaurants to celebrate, obviously we are wired a little differently.

I asked other cyclists for tips on training and what to eat on such long rides.  I formulated a plan and pedaled, a lot.  Mother Nature stole my 2010 finish by unleashing a storm of epic proportions, I made it to 110 miles.  That DNF fueled my fire for the next year.

So, are you thinking.... "Hmmmmm. Do I have what it takes? Should I sign up?"  Let me answer that for you.... Yes and Yes.  You have what it takes and you should sign up this Saturday, January 10th.  HERE  I suggest you get up early, cook yourself a nice breakfast, make coffee and sit in front of your computer and pull the trigger. Register and then find yourself a place to stay, space is going quickly but they should have the dorms available again to accommodate everyone.  Take a deep breathe, layer up and go for a bike ride.  Training Day #1 will be in the books.

Seriously, you can figure this out, if you want to .  There are plenty of blogs out there about the race, many perspectives to draw from.  Basically it comes to down to this...  if you are consistent with your training and are able to figure out your nutrition you will be successful.  A sturdy steed is also necessary and a mind of metal wouldn't hurt either.

Thanks for snapping this Gretchen. 

This will be my 5th time toeing the line .  Chamois Butt'r is letting me ride for them again, how cool is that?  My goal is 15:**.  I will be pushing for anything in the 15th hour but will be thrilled with another finish, sticker and pint glass.  My finish last year was 16:57:52.  I can shave an hour off right?  I have extra motivation this year, my 9 yr old daughter will be in my pit crew.  I would like to get her to bed at a decent time.

Hope to see you there!

*** My next post will be all of my Dirty Kanza posts with links.

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