I thoroughly enjoyed myself at Dirty Kanza.
candy-loading tastes better than carbo-loading
The major reason for this came down to the structure of the race: you have to bring your own support crew. So Colin and I headed east out of Estes together and my good friend Brent pulled his co-pilot from the bar Thursday night to drive west from PA. Luckily she sobered up by 6am to help with the driving. The crew was assembled and the good times followed.
|Director Sportif and Financial Adviser Colin getting some z's|
|we must be in the right place|
|1000 riders ready for a long day|
|good spot for an aid station|
|next stop Cassoday|
|Main St America|
The past few years of this race seem to have been defined by the weather conditions. Wet, hot, or this year, windy. As I've mentioned before, living in Estes valley, I'm no stranger to high winds. So as people let it blow all their motivation away, I just opened my sails and didn't let it bother me.
To be perfectly honest...I thought it was pretty easy. Perhaps that means I was going way too slow or I was in better condition than I thought. I was just out to finish and have a good time. Mission accomplished.
|team mechanic...he does "all the body work"|
No mechanicals. No need to stop and take a break on course (except to maybe take a leak). Only got lost once, but it didn't suck because I was in a crew, working together.
Sweetness cakes(blueberries, dark chocolate bits, and mint)+Savory cakes(bacon, eggs, and soy sauce)= YUM
|damn good solid energy|
Good support, good condition, and good energy led to a great day in the saddle. I highly recommend the race. It is an experience unlike any NUE race or any other endurance event I've thrown my money at. It's as intense as you want it to be.
|some local flavor|
You can put your head down and grind out the miles or you can look around and take it all in. I chose to do more of the latter and thus had enough in the tank to spin like a mad man the last 20 or so miles. I even employed some stealth tactics as the sun set, preferring to ride in the dark and let other riders wonder where I went when I passed them. I could see the road better without lights anyway.
|50 more miles|
|"this guy is crazy!"|
I'm liking this ride plan. TSE last year. Kanza this year. One big new event each summer. I've already begun shopping for 2014.