September 26, 2007

Hurkey Creek Pictures

Now that the pain is starting to fade from my memory (not yet from my legs and back) I can only remember how much fun it was out on the Hurkey Creek track. I remember thinking somewhere around 4am that I NEVER wanted to see that trail again. Please dont make me go out there again in the cold... That was before Marius did three laps in a row and I realized that the pain always runs away when the fun takes over. . .

Pictures are posted over here and below are a few from the professionals(and here too).
Fun times.

Dave squeezes in another lap to make our 24hr complete

Look out Darth Vader! Im packin' a lightsaber on my rig!

Monique cranking around at lap two looking pretty in pink

September 24, 2007

24 Hours of Adrenalin - Hurkey Creek

Twenty four hours of pain? This was the hardest race for me to date. Why? Pace was out the window even if it was an endurance event. With the laps averaging an hour at a time you really had to give it your all and try to recover before your next go around... The first few laps are a blast until you realize your not even a fraction of the way through the race!

That is what makes it such a challenge though. . . and working with my favorite buddies - Monique, Mandy, Marius and Dave made it an unforgettably fun day and I was glad we had a full 24 plus hours to hang out. Not to mention our support from Georgina!! She could be out there suffering with the best of them too but she helped volunteer for us and we are so stoked for her support... And her South African stew ;-P

Georgina on point at the lap table

Marius had been giving some insight weeks before but for some reason I just never did the math for the total miles/ride time that we all would be putting in. I think that Marius, Dave and myself did six laps each (about 60 miles) which is only compounded when you consider it is at race pace. I guess that is where the rest comes in and I really get impressed by Marius. The night was the hardest time to push through and when Dave and I awoke around 3:30 we found Marius on his third lap in a row! Yes, he is just in another league.

Monique and I pretty much gave up on our hopes for the LA tri series triathlons after our first lap. Better to enjoy the race we were at than to try and do too much again. I still remember that bonk at Snow Valley a few weeks back. Two hard weekends in a row just doesn't work.

Now it is time to rest is up and eat away... Monique's Mom is cooking up some good food and I am starvin'

September 17, 2007


Now that we had recovered from our races and had the weekend to spend with Monique's parents (Willards Birthday!) we just had to sneak up to Mt Baldy for a quick Hike/Run...

We have been doing so much riding lately that I forgot how nice it felt to float down a trail with the simplicity of just your own two feet. The only running I have done in the last few weeks has been at the track or in a race but this was a wonderful reminder about time on the trail .

As we made our way up we talked about the first time we climbed up to the saddle (packed a lunch, jackets and all kinds of crap we would never need) and how that seven plus hours was so hard. Kind of like life I guess.... Was it easier to make the trip up and down now or just faster? We talked about how much has changed in the last two years. Bako, friends, goals, goals, goals... Thank God His mercy never ends.

There are a few things that I can always count on in a trip up Baldy. One is no matter how good of shape I am in or what speed I go I cannot get off that mountain without being sore. I guess that is what keeps me going back though. The other constant is the silliness that comes on just as we begin to settle into the trail.

This is why I love being out at Baldy. Maybe it is something in the water or something in the air but we were trying to get plenty of both on our way down.

Monique will probably get mad at me for posting this picture but it says it all. We made it back before dark and we were feeling it. I was almost out of beans and we were looking for dinner.