Somehow, Jason’s mention of accomplishments got me thinking about a completely unrelated subject: why doing a different race is so much darn fun. And, you know, my conclusion on the subject is this: (BOLDED FOR EMPHASIS) doing new races is so much darn fun because you don’t have a personal record to beat–whatever you do that minute IS your personal record for that course. And that’s a cool thought. At least, it is for me.
Okay, so bearing that in mind, maybe I want to switch things up a little this year. Perhaps, instead of doing the same old races I always do, I’ll do a bunch that are completely different. That’s not to say I won’t still do the local time trial series, cuz, hey, there’s a lot less time involved in that than there is in doing a three-hour group ride, but it is to say that I might not do Teton Pass this year.
I mean, what the heck, Botched might be doing the E100 50-miler the same day. Maybe I’ll give that a shot. It kinda sounds like fun.
The Lotoja relay would also be something different (and something I wouldn’t have to devote a whole lot of time to training for), so, for now, that one’s still on the calendar. I’ll have to scan the local race calendar and see what I can do.
Heck, there’s even a mountain bike triathlon I’ve thought about trying, just for kicks. I guess the point would just be to try something different–to set my own personal record at some different races.
One mountain bike race I’d love to do (but can’t because I have work obligations the same weekend) is the White Knob Challenge. I’ve heard it has a wicked awesome climb followed by a gnarly downhill (feel free to weigh in here, Jason, since you’ve actually done it). That just sounds sweet to me.
And it would be even sweeter to do all of the mtb races on this bike frame.
P.S. I don’t know if it’s Montezuma (or perhaps some character from the latest Mel Gibson film), but someone’s getting his revenge on me. I’ve experienced some serious gastrointestinal distress in the past three hours. Whew, I’ve lost three pounds in the past couple of hours and I haven’t done anything athletic in that time.