It would be impossible to sum up a 24 hour adventure in one post so I will be filling in the details throughout this week. Most of you know by now that we ended finishing second behind the duo of Jay Henry
and Mike Janelle
, leaving Brian and I once again hungry for our victory. Brian
did throw down the fastest lap of the day and we set a tough pace early. It is hard to stay relaxed when there is so much hype around an event and the energy is so intense. We gave it our best and had a solid race so we are not disappointed with a second place effort.
I don't know what is harder, solo or duo, both are intense in their own respects. But with Duo you come back to your cozy camp for an hour or so, eat some food, let your muscles get nice and tight, your mind gets comfortable, your clothes get cold and sweaty, your ankles begin to swell, and your girl's arms look awfully cozy..... Then before you know it, your getting forced back out on another lap, tearing at everything that just had a chance to relax. Nothing is normal, nothing is healthy, nothing is predictable, and everything hurts.
Your mind takes you places when you suffer this hard, you realize how lucky you are to be alive and capable of such endeavors. You realize how lucky you are to have such a dialed support crew and sponsors that understand what you are out there doing (Thanks to Shep, Steve, Jessica and Jenny for keeping us sane and dialed and everyone else that made this possible!).
Check out Cycling News.com
for some sweet pics of how things went down. I will be dropping some 24 hr tips I have learned from my trials and errors this week as well as some random inside stories from the weekend's festivities.