Lots of frenetic mental activity of late...
First, OP. I wish I knew what happened but can't say I do for sure. Fitness is pretty much at lifetime PB levels according to the ole PT - confidence levels were high. Due to some indecision I ended up riding SS in the geared cat. It didn't seem worth the $20 to change, and I also had a hunch the SS just might not be a limiter for that course over 24 hours. More often than not my racing is experimental. I never got to test my theory, though.
The first 12 hours were relatively smooth. 34.16 on the 26er and 32.17 on the 29er was the perfect gear to ride a pace more conservative than in '06 but faster than in '07 - a happy medium. About midnight my stomach would not accept anything. No warning, just complete shutdown. On the 11th and final lap I was hit by bib entrapment. Anyone got some scissors? A river knife? Bueler?
I have never had the runs in a race and when it's cold, windy and yer wearing bibs it's a big deal. Gawd it ain't pretty. It was a showstopper. Those troubles lasted about 3 more days. That's my dirty story.
OP: 3, DH: 2. Can we do best out of 7? For such an easy course it sure kicks my ass. Right Guy?
Word is out: Moab is the site of 24 hour nationals this year. New for '09 is a SS category, one for men, one for women. Racing SS for stars and stripes. Yep, that's got 2-epic pretty fired up.
We think doing things like multi day self-supported races and even multi-day stage races are not the best prep for an all out 24 hour assault, so guess what, big changes for our season are brewing. Between our collective win and beatdown we've got varied reasons for our motivations but they will usher us down the same rocky, sandy path - cause that's how we roll :)
Lucky you if you've read this far. I'm cooking up a special self-supported event on the Paunsaugunt. There is soooo much awesome trail up there that nobody knows about, it's on friendly NFS lands, and you need to see it to believe it. Part of the TU route will be included, the part nobody laid tire to last year ;) Late July/early Aug? It'll be a one (long) day affair. DaveC better let me know your schedule cause you can't miss this one. Date requests anyone?
That'll do for now.