Tuesday, March 25, 2008

decisions decisions

We are now less than one month out from the first big race of the year: 24 hours of Vail Lake. I've never traveled that far for a race..the furthest I've gone is Colorado and that wasn't even a 24 hour race. This is a bit different because not only do we have to deal with travel and the time change, we also have to deal with transporting large amounts of gear (2 bikes per person, pit equipment--most of which I think we are borrowing, lights, bottles, clothes, spare parts, etc.) Oh, and I need to be back in school on Monday!! Ugh. Vassago is generously setting up all the logistics for us, so that is awesome.

I'm getting a little stressed because I barely have one working bike at this point. I've put so many miles on my Jabberwocky that it's in need of a major overhaul. I have a worn out bottom bracket, loose spokes, and zero brake pads among other things. Luckily my new brakes are in, I just have to mount 'em up. As for what bike I'm racing this year...I'm really not sure yet. I am hoping for something of the ti variety but I guess it will be a surprise! I do know that these guys should be expecting a long visit from me sometime soon as I have a lot of work to do in the next two weeks to get two race ready bikes shipped out in time.

So, the decision I need to make is: SS Gearing? I'm thinking 32x20. And, Rigid or WB Magic 80? The course is Temecula...but I have never raced there. It seems like it's pretty buff for the most part. If anyone has advice, I'd appreciate it.

I think I'll finally get back on the bike tomorrow..I have been binge riding lately and have taken 3 days off again this week. We're going to Gainesville, GA to show this guy some trails that are a little more SS friendly than the Fool's Gold stuff. I do know the weather will be great the next few days (it actually snowed yesterday!)..but too bad I have to work all weekend at the Georgia Marathon. Oh well, I guess it's forcing me to finally take a whole recovery week.


Blogger Danielle said...

I feel left out :-)

Have fun and tell Soupy hi for me!!!

10:38 AM  
Blogger Renee said...

Hey Namrita,
What are you doing for the ING event? I'm running in the 1/2 and some friends and I will be up Saturday for the expo, then plan to hit the GA Bikes Tour de Beer Sat night (which may not be such a great idea the night before a 13-mile foot race). Maybe we can get together!

2:56 PM  
Blogger Karlos said...

I love riding rigid. But the WB 80, doesnt it have like that magical automatic lockout till it hits a bump feature?

I would use that if it does.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Lucas said...

I have many a friends that have run 12 hours at Temecula on a rigid. They are still shaking! I would go with the suspension for sure! Good luck!

8:47 PM  

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