Friday, July 21, 2006


Well, if I go to 24 hours of 9 mile, it will be stressful. Why? We'd have to leave Wednesday (after my A&P Lab Final Exam), board 2 dogs for one week, drive 15 hours to Wausau, WI, race on Sat-Sun, turn around and get back for my A&P Lecture Final Exam on Wed. at 10:15am. It will be expensive because of boarding the dogs. Gas and lodging would be the same if I went because Eddie is going regardless. I really don't know what to do. I really want to race, I've been training for it and looking forward to it. Yes there is a 12 hour here I could do this weekend, but I've got the itch to do a 24. If I don't do this one, the next one is 24 hours of Pisgah in September. I have to decide today because I need to pack for the race tomorrow (6 hours or 12 hours????).

On another note, after 2 days of rest and 2 days of easyish riding this week, my back feels horrible. It feels like it needs to be taken apart and put back together again. This happened to me right before Cohutta 100 and I decided to get a massage the Thursday before the race. Well, I am not doing that again because it caused me to do something funky to my back and took me out of the 100 miler back in April. It must have something to do with the rest that causes the muscles to knot up and spasm. I have been stretching, but it doesn't seem to help! My hamstrings are so tight, I can't even touch my toes :( I don't think my entire body was ready for all the SS'ing I started throwing at it. I need to develop a total body (especially core) training program soon.


Blogger Danielle said...

For a minute I thought that I was reading my own post! I totally hear you about the hamstring and back issues. Really, we should just sit under a tent at Nationals and drink :-)

Anyways, you should race. If your back hurts though, you might want to race with gears. I noticed that my SS puts way more stress on my back. The race will be fun...and it will be good to see you again.

12:51 PM  
Blogger namrita o'dea said...

hey, that's the best idea i've heard all day. why didn't i think of that? (the drinking under a tent, not the gears) :-)

unfortunately, my geared bike is in pieces so i don't have a choice in which bike i'd ride. but, i thought there were no hills there! :-)

2:32 PM  
Blogger Danielle said...

No hills...maybe one or two inclines but that's it!

When you make the final decision let me know. Maybe we can set up our tents by each other.

The one piece of advice that I have for you from the ONE endurance event that I did on a SS is to gear easy enough that you won't have to mash when your legs get tired. Halfway through the Lumberjack I was soooo wishing for an easier gear. Flat's started to seem hilly. 9 mile can still be tiring despite it's flatness because there is no spot to really recover...

See ya soon!!!

7:14 PM  

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