Trans-Sylvania Epic Reunion Epic - photo cred: Chris Merriam
What have I been up to since?
I'm wiped out... a kind of wiped out I don't remember from years past. Familiar climbs at work where I can gauge my energy levels are telling me that I'm riding like a piece of shit. One week from Shenandoah Mountain 100. Great.
I needed more sleep this past week, but the desire to pump out this whole race report thing before I forgot all the details was great. I did sleep in on Wednesday. One hour extra did nothing.
Coughing. Every night. Some nights I make it till @4:00AM before I head to the couch, Wednesday I only made it to 11:30PM. Altitude, irritated lungs, sunburned lips... miserable.
I had told myself that 2013 would be my last Breck Epic for awhile. Five years in a row, riding above my pay grade where the only things thinner than the air are the 90 year old wrinkled women riding on the bike path to Frisco. I'm officially le tired.
More than 1,000 miles, something close to 200,000 feet of climbing, all on a rigid single speed. Five belt buckles, five jerseys, five t-shirts, five pairs of socks, five weeks of memories, countless beers blurring many of them.
Next year will take care of itself, I'm sure. For now, it's time to figure out which bike will require the least amount of effort to prepare for the hundie next week. Honestly, it's a close contest... I'd say they all need around an hours worth of effort.
And remember, ENDURO™ ALL THE ENDUROS™ !!!!!
photo cred: Chris Merriam