Friday, August 13, 2010

Hoodoo 500 Update Boulder Mountain Summit Circleville Torrey

This is the crux of the solo ride in my opinion. Not because of the difficulty of the climb, but for the potential of freezing ones butt off on the descent. It bit me last year. Hopefully I learn from my mistakes.

I am done with long rides and will be doing the Spectrum ride tomorrow to get some hammer time. I have a good feeling about this years ride. I think I have enough respect and knowledge this year to finish. Its going to be a lot of fun out there. I have my 8 pounds of maltodextrin and 4 pounds of fructose and am mixing up the secret brew that should be my foundation fuel. Naturally I will be supplementing this with all kinds of bars, gels, slim jims, double caffeinated psychotic episode inducing energy shots, russian novels on tape, and some crazy sayings written on my arms to scare the competition and make them wonder who the mental case they are racing against is.

As Sun Ra said.. its time to face the music...

Monday, August 09, 2010

Hoodoo 500 2.5 weeks out

Did last long endurance ride up Page Mill, down to the coast over Haskins Grade and up Hwy 1 to Pacifica. Climbed up Sharp Park and then up the Great Hwy over the Golden Gate Bridge and then into Sausalito over to Fairfax and then up to the summit of Mt. Tam. Ended up fighting some big wind on way home with almost 190 miles and 13,600 feet of climbing. It was a good endurance ride that I intentionally road really easy. My heart rate averaged less than 110 which was pretty good and I climbed really easy practicing for the first 300 miles of the Hoodoo where I want to take it very easy. The Hoodoo Voyager can get you in trouble if you push hard early and get depleted on the Boulder climb as its easy to freeze on the descent to Torrey and give up in Loa. I need to get to Loa feeling good and want to take it really easy this year. The high DNF rate on this ride I think is caused by people pushing too hard early on and getting cold at night and losing their will to go on. Its hard enough to do the ride with a crew, but the Voyager has to be experienced to know how hard it really is. Its much tougher to do it non-supported. I would say its harder to do the Voyager than the Race Across Oregon supported which is a much tougher course due to lack of easy miles. So, the plan is to go easy as hell and keep heart rate low and enjoy the night. We shall see if its all talk, or I can really do it.