Preparation

“Unfortunately, there seems to be far more opportunity out there than ability…. We should remember that good fortune often happens when opportunity meets with preparation.”
― Thomas Edison

Today moved so so so so so slowly.

So.

Very.

Slowly.

We left Prescott early enough, but had to make several stops along the way- lunch, ice, potty… you name it, we had to stop for it.

I started getting text communications with my team while we were still hours away from camp. I can’t begin to express how excited I was that they were anticipating our arrival. They even were waiting on me to do a pre-ride of the course.

We finally arrived, did a quick camp set-up, got dressed, and hit the trail. I wasn’t expecting to do the full 16 mile course. I mean, let’s be honest here- if you’ve been reading my blog you know exactly how many miles I’ve been putting in on the bike. Not many. And when was the last time I did more than 10 miles? Our trails aren’t very conducive right now to mileage.

But it was surprisingly good. The trail was easy riding for me (read: low-tech) and though there were several steep climbs, they were manageable. The biggest problem was reigning myself in because I wanted to show off for my team, right?

Rode in the back seat with my boyz so that my father-in-law could ride with Dennis is the front.
Rode in the back seat with my boyz so that my father-in-law could ride with Dennis is the front.
Map to 24 Hour Towne
Map to 24 Hour Towne
My race plate.
My race plate.
teammates: Jake, Gary, Troy
teammates: Jake, Gary, Troy

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Jake
Jake
Jake and Gary getting their G.Q. on.
Jake and Gary getting their G.Q. on.

It was really a fun ride. Dennis came along. When we got back to camp we did some solid recovery, had dinner, and pretty much just hung out until bed time.

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After partaking of so much snow, ice, and torture over the last few months, it was like heaven on earth to have wheels on dirt, sun on shoulders, and heat surrounding me. A magical dream land! And it was just day one….