OFF THE COUCH
About 6 weeks ago, I was working late at night in the bike shop, getting some loose ends tied up with bicycles, signing off on a dreaded audit from ‘The Man’, and just staying ahead on things in the early and late hours, since this bike season was exceptionally condensed. I was tired, ready for a rest. Didn’t have the funds to buy fast car to fend off my woes, so I decided to jump into the Black Hills Expedition.
Not a big deal eh?
Well, I am a father of 4, really enjoy my kids daily. I operate a small bike shop in a small town that both support it and my family. Between those two things there are minutes a day I have to myself after the 3 year old (Peter), goes to bed. Then I get my work done, read and putz before I go to bed. Over the last years I have paid zero attention to my fitness, figuring someday I will get back into fighting shape.
Well… No better way to motivate yourself to get into shape then signing up for an event. Right?
I am certain I can do ok OTC (OFF THE COUCH) in a 50 mile MTB race, even a 100 and finish with some suffering and an IV at the end. But 460 miles on ALL of the hiking and goat trails in the Black Mining Hills of South Dakota?
The reason I am so scared is I know the Black Hills very well, I know bikes very well, and there are millions of bumps, humps, stumps hiding behind every fern waiting to grab your side wall or pedal and throw a cyclist down hard. I also know much of the course has slow soft ground, that’s fun on short recreational rides, but will be a huge drag when adding 50,000 vertical feet, 460 miles and all the food, water and survival gear weight.
For an athlete in training, a ride like this needs some planning and respect. For a guy like me that did his last workout December of 2001…. Sit back and watch the suffer fest!
In the next days stay tuned for details on Jesse Hansen, owner Rushmore bikes, husband of Petra Hansen, will have daily updates on gear, nutrition, map reading, chamois cream, strategy, marriage, and parenting I will be using preparing the last week before the Black Hills Expedition.
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