Sunday, August 17, 2008

Rapture In Misery....

A good name for this event.

Randy, Brad, Shawn, Jason, and I all headed down south for the race. We all did the 6 hour solo. The weather was perfect for racing, dry and relatively cool for this time of year.

There were more flat tires on this race than any other I had ever seen. 3 for me during the race, one during the last lap. Even still, I felt pretty good the whole time; except for the last part of the last lap when I ran out of food and water and had to limp it in. Finished off 6 laps before it was all over, and felt okay about that.

Gotta rip out a big thanks to Shawn and Forces of Nature for keeping us all running during that race. I think nearly every one of us had at least one flat during the race. I would have been out for sure if Shawn wouldn't have been fully stocked and handing out supplies.

Afterward we all hung out for a bit and watched Randy win hundreds of dollars in raffle prizes. Gotta say a big thanks to the Heartland Race guys. Those guys really know how to put on a good race - and a nice event. I think everyone there had a good time. As always, it was a smooth running, professional, and still light hearted event. Also want to throw out some props to the Earth Riders. Nice job keeping those trails in awesome riding condition.

So anyway, I feel like I have a new respect for Landahl. I also have a helluva respect for the guys doing the solo 12 hour event. With how sore my ass was after 6, I don't even want to think of what 12 would have done on those rocky trails. However, I would like to think that I would be riding something other than a full rigid single speed in a 12 hour event...

6 comments:

CvtfaBOB said...

I had full suspension and my ass was still hurtin. I cant imagine what it would have been like to be on a rigid bike. And after all that riding, we had to sit there and watch randy win all the nice shit.... Sometimes, I just don't like that guy!

Anonymous said...

DId anyone see the results of the SJBC time trial. Allyn Smith laid in down and so did Ozenberger! It appears the Lion has been tamed...



The trail hipees friend!

JDOUG said...

Even the bottoms of my feet were sore on Sunday! Those rocks are no joke man...
All you guys rock..

I have the best picture ever, if I can ever figure out how to get it posted...

shawncforce said...

The bad part was the day before the race I just popped a huge boil you know where from the two training rides I had. Starting the race was painful until if just became a nagging pain. At a certain point everything back there hurts anyway. I still have to sit sideways. The race was awesome and it was fun just hanging out with everyone. With all the stuff Randy won he is thinking about opening a new store called Randy in Nature, I don't know about the name though. He is thinking of using Jason's picture he took at the race (which will be posted soon)as a billboard for his new store. The earth riders President is starting to teach at Benton high school this year. He is interested in checking out what we have gotten done and could be a big help in the future.

Tybone said...

Earth Riders could probably learn something from you guys. What would be cool though is to see you guys on the Earth riders website. So we could check on trail conditions before we drive up to St. Joe to ride.
Ty

lansenm said...

How bout this? Our trails are designed to ride in the rain or shine. About the only time they suck is under snow, tree limbs, or if there is frost melting on them. You just about have to work to find a day that they aren't in at least "okay" riding condition.