Well… As knowledge gets passed along pretty fast, I assume most reading this already know that no one from DFW was able to finish this year’s version of the Trans North Georgia Adventure (TNGA). I use the term ‘version’ very purposefully, and you will come to know why by the end of this story.
Earlier in the year, Rich made a comment about this 24 Hour Nationals being the last of its kind. At this point in time I was already looking for endurance races to throw my hat in, and this one seemed like a good idea. I’ve participated in two 24 hour races by then, but on 2 person and 4 person co-ed teams. It was time to cut the umbilical cord and see what I was made of. It was about this time when Matt Malone put a training schedule together for me in order to prepare myself for this years Trans North Georgia, and 24 Hour Nationals fit perfectly into the schedule. Commence training… And putting a ding in my social life during stretches…
Overall, this race had everything, and the set-up and support was top notch. The first 5 miles were flat and fast crushed granite greenbelt; from there it took a turn onto pavement into a couple of lung burning climbs, and some nice downhill sections for about another 5 miles. Then you get to the Isle du Bois (IDB) trail, which is some of the most technical single track in North Texas. Rock gardens are the norm, with some sandpits thrown in to really test your skills, but overall the trail flows really well. 10 miles of this with a good bit of elevation gain and loss and then we headed back the way we came through the pavement hills, and finishing on the superfast greenbelt.
It’s 9:45 AM and I’ve realized I left more gear at the house. I’m supposed to be at Mike’s house, on the other side of Dallas, in 15 minutes.
Mike, Luke, and I are headed up to (almost) Canada to ride our bikes in Wausau, WI for 24 hours at the Nine Mile Recreation area. It’s a beautiful park with Pine trees, rocks, and plenty of elevation change.
24 Hours in the Canyon, Palo Duro Canyon State Park
June 1 – 2 2013
This race was dedicated to the following individuals who are fighting or have fought cancer: Paul Sutter, Marily McShan, Celinda Allen, Sandra Day, and Sharon Bade. You were my inspiration during this race to push myself further and longer than I have before. I also want to shout out to my fellow survivor pigs who continue to impress me with their determination, grit, and awesome attitude: Sharon McNutt, Steve Baumgartner, and Kaden Brennfoerder.
We had a great showing of Big Pigs again this year at the Ouachita Challenge. Most of us raced the tour! This year the weather was great, better than the hot and dry of last year! Wanna congratulate those that finished, especially the green horns doing it for their first time. Tara Malone finished for her first time, riding with Susan Dean as her support and inspiration. Great work! It’s tough to finish the 60 miles of mountainous single track/jeep road when you haven’t done it.
Based on feed back from my teammates, I didn’t kill it on the start, just started out at a pace just a bit slower than XC. I think I hit the trail about 5th or 6th place? I had mixed up severals bottles of Skratch labs and also water. I decided to try for 2 laps before swapping bottles and I think I did that for the first 4 laps. Just liquids on lap 1. I took shot bloks (one one package of 6 the entire race, laps 2-4) and I did one hammer gel shot (Lap 6?) and also stopped and ate 1 Stinger Waffle (Lap 7?)
Sponsored by Sun & Ski Sport and The Spinistry, Big Pig Racing is proud to announce that we will be holding a 6-hour mountain bike endurance event on January 12th, 2013 at Tyler State Park. Please join us in helping raise funds to help fight Cancer.
This is a personal event for us as well all have had our lives touched by Cancer. For some of us it has been a son, our mothers, our fathers, brothers, sisters, friends, and lastly (but never forgotten) some Pigs themselves.
Use the link below to register for this race (or to make a donation as a non-rider):
Ryan: When Kevin came to me and asked for a partner for 24 Hours of Rocky Hill, I was under the impression that he was joking. I’ve only heard, and seen, the likes of Rich Szecsy, Ray Porter, and the bearded wonder Mike Frazier even attempting this race. Surely two Cat 2 racers with minimal racing experience (in comparison to the field) do not belong at such an event. The inquiry came in around summer time, so October seemed like it would never come. I accepted, and started training. With the experience and knowledge of Rich at our disposal, we made sure to pick his brain on training techniques, schedules, benchmarks and the like. Long endurance rides, hill repeats, sprint sessions, and just spinning for the hell of it became our lives. However, nothing Rich told us and nothing we learned about ourselves during our training months could prepare us for the ass whooping we were about to receive.
Posted on March 1, 2012 Categories: Biking