Friday, April 25, 2008


i said the next time i posted i would have good news. i'm not sure it's good news, but i'll take it at this point. it's amazing how you can be so prepared..mentally and physically to race..and then the $hit can just hit the fan the day before. that's pretty much how today went.

as the day went on, we realized just how much essential gear we had in the missing UPS box. that, and i still had a dysfunctional fork. thankfully brian and carolann were able to collect some parts and e-caps for us (seriously, you guys saved the day). however, after spending over two hours at the bike shop this morning (doing repairs and buying the essentials)...i finally realized that the replacement white bros fork was a freakin 100mm fork. i run an 80mm. this changes things a lot. fit and my handling. we didn't bring the wobble-naught fit equipment, nor did we bring any spare stems or anything to facilitate changing a fit. i'm super bummed b/c my fit was dialed perfectly. not anymore. i am not racing with a wobble-naught fit tomorrow and i'm freaking out about it. actually, i'm trying to remain calm but it's not going so well. on the way home from the trail we stopped at home depot to buy a straightedge, anglefinder, and pocket level. we did the at-home-last minute-i'm f'ed and don't have another option bike fit on my bike. now i have a brand new 100mm fork, a new front tire, a new rear cog, and no f'ing idea how this thing is going to handle tomorrow. i just hope i don't end up with stabbing lower back pain or something like that. i could scream right now, but instead i'm just going to toss this one into the learning experience pile. i know what NOT to do when traveling by plane to race now.

btw, the forecast is for 95* and sun tomorrow. today was only 85* and i was cooking. there is no shade at all. none. oh man, this one will surely be a test.

thanks for all the luck and well wishes! i hope it all works tomorrow! :)


Blogger allan said...

That blows. Good luck.You'll overcome all the bs.

3:30 AM  
Blogger Mallie said...

You won't see this before you race, but I hope you'll get some of it by osmosis. You have to think POSITIVE, girl. You can do it. I promise. Race like the bike riding heroine you are. My thoughts are with you!

5:14 AM  
Blogger Danielle said...

So that's where all the warm weather is. We have another forecast for...SNOW!!!

Just remember. You have a ton of 24 hour races under your belt. Drink lots of liquids, and have fun!!! You are going to do great.

And if the race gets really hard, just think about the time when we were bombing down roads in the dark, afraid that we were going to be kidnapped by hillbillies!!!

Good luck Namrita and Eddie!!!

6:37 AM  
Blogger Carey Lowery said...

5:45 pm et -- Way to go on your first lap! Demoralize the competition!

2:46 PM  
Blogger Carey Lowery said...

8:27 pm et, 4/26: Stay strong and focused! You are putting a hurtin' on the gearies!

5:28 PM  
Blogger Mallie said...

I'm watching online and you're in first place right now. 6 hours in! Keep at it girl!

6:05 PM  
Blogger Carey Lowery said...

9:29 pm et, 4/26: 4 laps down and 13 minutes ahead of Shanna. You are doing great. I am off to bed but will check on your progress in the am. Enjoy the darkness and cooler temps!

6:30 PM  
Blogger Carey Lowery said...

7:30 am et, 4/27: 3 laps up, you are smokin' the field. looks like everybody else had to go to bed. keep it up, girl!

4:33 AM  
Blogger Carey Lowery said...

10:30 am, et, 4/27: Whassup? 3 hours later and you have not finished another lap. Did your alarm not go off? Also noticed that Eddie has not done another lap. Hmmmm ...

Yeah, I'm bored. I had planned on riding a metric, but the rain has settled in for what looks like all day!

7:31 AM  
Blogger Mallie said...

YIPPEE. YAHOO. 1st and 3rd. The O'Dea's on the podium. So proud to know you both.

1:42 PM  
Blogger Carey Lowery said...

Congrats on a STRONG win! Whoo Hoo! Eddie had a good showing as well with a hard-earned 3rd. Way to go Southeasterners!

2:11 PM  
Blogger Hmmm.... said...

Ha Ha! I love you girl! You kicked ass! Great job!

Congrats to Mr. O'Dea too.

You guys are awesome.

8:10 PM  

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