Oh Willie dawg…
On Wednesday, Jeff and I loaded up and headed out in the Ergon sprinter. We were starting a 2 week road trip.
The first destination was Julian, CA for the Julian Death March -aka the first race to kick off the 2011 season boasting 86 miles and 12,000′ of elevation gain. That fun will ensue tomorrow morning starting at 8 AM. It’s a two day drive to Julian from Denver, so we drove till we got to Vegas on Wednesday. What a better place to stop for a quick evening?
On Friday afternoon, we got to the tiny SoCal mountain town of Julian. The unseasonal weather seems to follow us everywhere and we were greeted with two days of rain and snow.
We previewed a few short parts of the course Thursday and Friday and came to the conclusion that this part of California looks like Jurassic Park. When I’m hallucinating in the race tomorrow, it wouldn’t surprise me to see a T-Rex chasing after me.
Friday night was fun! I always make a point to go to Stone Brewery when I’m in the area, and some of our local friends made a short haul to hang out too!
Allison has some phat skills with her new camera!
Everyone said that Julian is famous for its pies. In fact, the prize for winning the Death March is a pie, but I wanted to make sure I got some pie because I have no idea what to expect tomorrow.
Alright… so tomorrow is the first race of the year. I am not really nervous about results, but I am definitely anxious about the pain. I’ve done everything I could do for preparation, but admittedly, my prep was not ideal. I spent the entire month of March sick, and finished antibiotics earlier this week, I traveled a lot for work, blah blah blah. Instead of making excuses, I’m going to try to have reasonable expectations for myself. Let’s face it, I won’t have the fitness I had in August, but I’m going to do my best and ride with passion like I always do. Maybe I’ll surprise myself, but maybe not. It’ll be great training for things to come.
So let’s see what where I’m at to start the 2011 race season. Expectations are a bitch, so I’ll just accept exactly how I feel tomorrow and roll with it. I know I have some work to do, but it’s going to be a great year. Let’s do this!
Check back Monday for a race report. I hope I have good news!