How many have read a book on an athletic accomplishment and get sucked into believing that you could perhaps, maybe do that? Well after reading Untied States of Delerium and Unfinished Business and spending time talking to Peter Oyler about his expected challenges at RAAM 2013, the bug kinda bit. WHOA, I am not talking the RAAM bug but rather this sometimes curious group of cyclists who go out in the dead of morning to ride for 12 or 24 hours, not for the glory (there are no cheques to the winner in this game, and even lucky to get a t-shirt) but largely for the sense of accomplishment - and perhaps bragging rights if you set a course record. As some of you know, James and Jonathan have been dligently training at Wattsup over the last several months to compete at the 12 hours of Sebring bike race. Over the last month or so, after reading aforementioned books, I started to take some interest in their training efforts and the nature of the race. The 24 hour is a non-drafting raam qualifier whereas the 12 hour is no holds barred cycling race.
Hmmm, getting outside in February to race, put a few hours into a ride as a domestique, it all sounded kinda intriquing, afterall I had just endured the reading of TWO books on RAAM, so it had to be the case I could ride for a mere 12 hours. So i began to ask James and Jonathan, what if you had a domestique, who could pull for the first 6 hours or so, would you be interested in having a third wheel (or 6th wheel in bike parlance)? Air Canada still had aeroplan seats available - an omen! Rather than shooting the idea down outright, Dianne encouraged my lunacy. So with support of my wife and willingness of J&J, I booked my flight to Orlando and found the last hotel room in the city. Now, 17 days of training ought to do it.
Well now that 16 days have elapsed, we are less than 10 hours till race time. Some heavy carb loading at the Olive Garden (2 meals in one day) and setting out the race kit (wearing the rainbow colors as my red kit, which Jonathan and James are wearing, suffered critical injuries at ATOC). Even if we don't find a podium tomorrow we anticipate that we will be the best dressed triumvirate.
Here is hoping the rains stay away and the reskin keeps away the saddle sores.