3 days, 2 nights......final TNGA test run
|Fully loaded with 3L of water|
and all food
Thursday I spent a good amount of time finishing getting my bike packed up as well as getting bags packed for a quick trip to San Francisco on Sunday afternoon. Just in case I ran into any problems on the ride home the last day I needed to make sure I was ready to hop on a plane. On Friday morning I focused on closing out meetings and wrapping up work so I could hit the road for the long ride north.
|Little caps on the Rez|
|Great view at sunset|
|More comfortable than it looks|
After the above all setup I put devices on charge for the night, choked down my second (now smooshed) hamburger & tots and slammed a serving of a powdered recovery drink. Crawled into the bivy and tried to get some shuteye. I tossed and turned and just couldn't get to sleep. It wasn't really due to comfort but more because I was amped up a bit. After really hard efforts or long days in the saddle I have found that it sometimes takes me hours to fall asleep. I am also starting to think this may be due in part to the massive amounts of caffeinated Tailwind I drink on a day like this so I think I may tried the uncaffeinated version for TNGA and supplement my addition with cokes, coffee and 5 hour energy as needed. Around midnight I finally fell asleep and was out until woken by chirping birds and sunshine leaking through my bivy. I absolutely love waking up outside.
|Breakfast (minus sardines)|
Once we got back to the trailhead parking lot we said our goodbyes to the Harkey's as they were making their way up to Memphis for a wedding. Wendi and I decided to grab a bite to eat in Ackerman before I started my 100 mile journey down to Roosevelt State Park. I didn't really process this until well after the fact but she immediately offered for me to ride there while she drove. My wife is so supportive of what I do to the point of knowing that I would much rather ride that drive. Not knowing what was available in the booming metropolis of Ackerman I suggested we just go to the same drive-in I went to the previous day. I placed my order with Wendi and we both hit the road. It was a pretty quick spin north to the city and by the time I arrived my food was already there. Same routine as yesterday.....eat a burger and tots and pack the second pair for the road. We had a really good conversation over lunch talking about the day of riding, how I was feeling and how well I thought she did on the new trails today. I topped off water and hit the road.
|Lotsa ice for a hot day|
|Smokes and Cokes|
|Flying down dark gravel roads|
|Awesome way to wake up|
All in all it was an awesome weekend of riding. Another great building block preparing me for TNGA in just a few short weeks. Between now and then my training volume really starts to decrease and I'll spend a lot more time stretching and working on core strength. I setup a call with Lynda Wallenfels this week to talk through how I am feeling and race strategy. Those calls always help me remove any questions or concerns I may have with my self-developed strategy.
Right now I am writing these words on Tuesday night after getting back home from San Francisco. Body is feeling pretty good. Legs are a little tight but pretty normal after a hard weekend like I had. My pinky and ring finger are still a little numb and I noticed a little numbness in both of my calves yesterday but that has pretty much subsided. Have a massage schedule for this week to work out any tight spots. There are really very few things I am going to change after this weekend. I'll probably go through everything in my kit and eliminate tiny little things that I could do without for a three day race. I have a pretty good week-before-a-race list that I have followed this year that has served me well. Ready to get this show on the road!