Grant came up last night and we went out for an hour on our fully loaded bikes to make sure there weren't any surprises. All my gear is on the front end, something that the all knowing 'they' say isn't ideal but it seems to ride well enough so i'm not going to spend the time figuring out how to better balance my load. I've found that the reality of aiming to be a jack of all trades means that I end up making do with a lot of less than optimal set-ups, especially compared with folks who specialize in one thing or another - such as winter bike racing.
No camelback, no drilled out rims, an imbalanced bike, and a super jiggly headlight but she rolls when i press on the pedals and i think that will be enough to get me from the start to the finish.
I'm surprisingly calm, very little in the way of nerves. maybe this is why people do the same race over and over again (not usually my MO) - to develop a level of comfort with all the logistics and have some sort of mental security going in. Typically though, it's that mental insecurity that i'm seeking.
|My ride at night|
T-48 hours to seeing where this high intensity stuff gets me!