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Day 4 - Brian Head Endurance FINISH!!!
Posted at 07:15 PM, August 24, 2008
We finished!!!!! OMG that was v hard. Here is a picture of us after we are done in the condo.
And now what?
Drew stuck with me again today for another LONG day. Today, I started out on a fairly slow pace so as not to repeat yesterday's blow up. My competetor, who beat me by 22 minutes yesterday , was pacing off of us. But about 12 miles in she passed us, so we let her go. Not like I could have done anything about it. The course today was a mix of a bit of road, pavement, and really cool singletrack. It was two laps around the Dark Hollow course for the NORBA national race. 48 miles, so they say. The Dark Hollow trail is really fun but there were 4 places I had to dismount to walk over the tricky spots. Incedible views, buff trail, cows, sheep, pastures, spruce forests, bow hunters on ATVs, great fans and volunteers, sun and fun. The first lap was tough and I felt mediocre, but Drew paced me and kept me positive. After the first big climb of the second lap, there is a fun singletrack called Louder Ponds. At the end of that was a rest stop and then a 26 minute climb up a sandy forest service road. On this road I got a second wind and for the rest of the day I felt pretty good and actually had fun. The second time down the Dark Hollow, Drew and I both did well and hung on through the last meadows and climbs to finish together with a KISS
So finally, I have completed a multi-day endurance race. Bonus that my best friend and husband was by my side for it!
Lucy's stats: Time: 7 hours 29 min 45 seconds. 49.3 miles. Avg heart rate 136 beats per minute. Max heart rate 161. Avg speed 7.1 mph. 3167 calories, yahoo! Lots o' beer. 6540 feet of climbing 10,043 feet maximum altitude.
Lucy's show of sportsmanship.
The bling from the Revolution team! Steve placed 3rd in the sportsmen 30-39. Jim placed 3rd in sportsman 40-49, Brad S. placed 2nd in openmen 45-49, and my 2nd place medal in sportswomen 30-39. If Drew and I had entered as a duo team, we would have both got the silver medals in that category.
Lars, Steve, Jim, Lucy, Drew: competetors in the 1st American Mountain Classic Endurance Mountain Bike Race, Brian Head, Utah.
Closing remarks: great race, hurt lots, a unique way to spend our vacation.
Day 3 - American Mtn. Classic MTB Race
Posted at 06:51 PM, August 23, 2008
Day three at Brian Head, Utah has come and gone. The morning was cool as the start gun went off at 8am for the 48 mile stage with 4,400 feet of climbing. The initial climb took us up to the ridgeline above the ski resort overlooking pretty much the whole state of Utah. Our views were unobstructed, but there was no time to dawdle as the gravel road turned in to singletrack. We descended down to the valley floor passing through groves of aspens and open alpine meadows. The sun rose higher in the sky as the day wore on and the temperatures stared to climb. All races have a unique attribute and this one would be the altitude. We climbed to 11,100 feet today and the thin air contributed to our decreased performance.
Lucy had an incredible performance on day 2. She went out hard from the start and held that pace all day. Unfortunately, today she paid the price. Even though her performance suffered, she finished the stage at 6 hours and 2 minutes.
Drew went out hard this morning and tried to keep a bead on his wife who has become an incredible downhill mountain biker. We rode together for a bit but seperated at one of the aid stations. The race course today had an out and back section and Drew saw Lucy who was starting to hit the wall physically. The two of them decided to finish the race together and rode along pushing one another up and over the mountain top to the finish line. Drew finished the stage at 6 hours and 2 minutes as well.
Jim has found his new calling. Drawing strength from his 3 servings of chicken pesto pasta the prior evening Jim finished third in his class with a time of 5 hours and 6 minutes. Part of Jim's success can be attibuted to the fact that he was not familar with the course and pushed it hard all the way thinking that he was almost done.
Steve did have knowledge of the course today and saved some of his strength for tomorrow's big stage. Steve and Jim finished the last 15 miles together with Steve only 40 seconds behind Jim at the finish line. The trail has been punishing and Steve's prior shoulder injuries have forced him to use a bit more finesse on the trails.
Lars came back today with a vengance after a mechanical forced him out of the race yesterday. In our group, Lars led the pack and spent most of the day riding by himself. Plenty of time for self reflection, but also plenty of time to fight the strong winds on the course. After some cramping problems 6 miles form the finish, Lars crossed the finish line at 5 hours and 2 minutes.
Everyone in our group has been pushing their personal limits and the accomodations have been wonderful. We know that tomorrow will be difficult with 6,800 feet of climbing and 48 miles. We will post an update tomorrow after the dust settles.
Lucy here. Today was brutal for me. I'm greatful to my hubby for holding back and riding with me most of the day to give me moral support and pull me through the windy road sections. There was a whole lot of forest service road today, which is really hard for me. My competetor sport female racer passed me at about mile 24 and finished 22 minutes ahead of me. Oh well, I finished at least. The trail portions were really cool though, just wish I was feeling better to enjoy them. This pic sums up how I felt afterwards.
The guys working on the bikes in the parking garage.
Steve found a comfortable resting spot.
Here I am looking at the map for tomorrow's course. Oh my hell!
Day 2 - Brian Head Amer. Mtn. Classic
Posted at 06:17 PM, August 22, 2008
First big day is done! Wow, what a day. 6 hours is a long time in the saddle, but the trails, scenery, race organization and temperatures were perfect.
Here is the before pic.
Today's stage took us from 8700 feet up somewhere up close to 10000. We rode mostly on the Virgin River Rim trail, which is scenic, swoopy, up and down, and a little rocky. No wicked decents (like BC Bike Race), just fun, fast singletrack. There were only about 5 miles of gravel road and maybe 10 of fire road, the rest was real nice trail. The guys got off to a good start, and I (Lucy) lost sight of them at mile 4. I was thrilled to see Drew at Aid station 1 at 29 miles, just as he was leaving the aid station. The kiss made me feel better . Just as I was getting ready to pull out of aid 1, the only other female in my category (sportwomen 30-39) pulled up, so off I pedaled at high speed. After the aid station was a hellaceous climb but then some good riding. I felt like I must be pullling away from her, but then at aid station 2, at 36.5 miles, she pulled in just as I was leaving again! Argh. All I wanted to do at this point was relax and pedal slowly, but my little streak of competitiveness wouldn't let me. I pushed it until mile 47, where, up ahead I saw a streak of orange. Hooray, it was Drew. What a happy sight. We ended up riding the next couple of miles together until the final downhill when his friend, Gravity, pulled him along to the finish 1 minute before me. I thought I saw my competitor come in 2 minutes behind me, but the result sheet says she did not finish (DNF). I have to double check that.
Lucy's stats: 53.2 miles. Time 5:57. Sub 6 hours was my goal! Avg speed 9.4 mph. Max speed 31.4 mph. 5220 feet of climbing. 3099 calories.
Drew's stats: Time 5:56 5583 cal. Avg speed 9.2 mph.
Jim finished in 5:48. Steve smoked us in 5:27. Lars DNFed with a mangled derailleur at only 11 miles into the course. This part of the trail was loaded with little pine branches that were just waiting to leap up into our spokes. One made it into Lars' wheel.
The top pro men finished in 3 hours and 45 minutes! Pro women were 4:25. How do they do that?
Steve after his recovery chocolate milk.
Now we are relaxing before a pasta feed. Time to go work on the bikes.
Day 1 American Mountain Classic Mountain Bike Endurance Race, Brian Head
Posted at 07:48 PM, August 21, 2008
Here we are in Brian Head, Utah after the 6 mile pro log of this race. Today was easy except that the air is so thin up here at 9,500'. We were all gasping for air. The purpose of today was to get your place for the start of tomorrow's race. We both did ok so we'll be in descent place tomorrow.
We are here with Jim, Steve and Lars, three other team members.
We've rented a condo so we are nice and comfy.
After a group effort to make a huge pile of chicken fajitas, we're fed and ready to hammer it tomorrow. Stage 2 will cover 56 miles and almost 5,000 feet of climbing all at elevation so Until then...
Gag order overturned!
Posted at 12:02 PM, August 17, 2008
The gag order has been lifted by the town of Otis, Oregon and we are free to post once again on our Blog site! The problem started almost two months ago when Lucy and I, after our mountain bike race in the NW, decided to swing down to Otis to visit Unka Gray and Aunt Salmon. We arrived at the small quaint seaside town of Otis surrounded by abundant sunshine and moderate temperatures.
Gray and Sam were the perfect hosts and toured us around the town. Problems arose when we started taking pictures of the sunny coastline, people wearing shorts and short-sleeved shirts and and even one picture of a person squinting because of the abundant rays of sunlight basking upon us. City folk soon surrounded us and attempted to confiscate our camera and note pad on which we had been documenting our adventures. Apparently the town of Otis has a reputation to uphold. Cold fog shrouded coastlines. Never ending dew and rain dripping from the tree boughs. People huddled in their raincoats while dashing from one dwelling to another trying to stay warm with an outside temperature just above unbearable.
The townspeople were afraid that if the public were to see our pictures, which contradict their imaginary lifestyle, there would be a huge influx of tourists and, dare I say it, California transplants, eager to move to the area and develop the sleepy little town in to a series of strip malls and theme parks.
After much negotiation with the services of an arbitrator, we agreed to delay posting to our Blog any text or picture material which would portray the town of Otis as a sunny locale until the children in N. America were ready to go back to school and the threat of mass vacation sun worshipers descending upon their hamlet was averted.
So without further delay let us pick up where our adventures left off! Our last entry had our fearless bike racers up in the NW riding some of the craziest terrain known to mankind. Unfortunately we had to return to work where we were able to lick our wounds and sit in comfortable chairs. Using our benefits with Southwest Airlines we decided to leave the car up in Seattle for 7 days while we returned to Salt Lake City for a week of work. Easing back in to the work schedule we turned our sights to our good friends Sandy and Bobby's wedding in Portland the following weekend. 5 days later we found ourselves back in Oregon. The wedding was on Saturday evening so we ventured out to the tiny town of Otis to visit Gray and Sam. A lovely two-hour drive from the city to the costline. They have a cosy house nestled in the woods set back from the coast about 1/2 mile.
We toured the town of Otis, took a leisurely hike in the neighboorhood and drove down to the water to catch a serene sunset. The evening was spent relaxing with Sam and Gray. The next morning we departed Otis to head back to the Portland area for our friends' wedding.
Bobby and Sandy recently bought a house in Gresham, a suburb of Portland. The wedding was held in the backyard surounded by a small group of friends. After the ceremony we all relaxed in the backyard and enjoyed seeing friends we have not seen in a long while. We retired that evening preparing for our long drive back to Salt Lake City the next morning.
We left Portland around 9:30 am and drove up the Columbia River as we made the trek across Oregon. We stopped by one of the dams on the river and toured the fish ladders and hatchery for about 1/2 hour. We snapped some photos of giant stugeon on display. Did you know the sturgeon has pretty much not changed since the age of the dinosaurs? Lucy found this fascinating.
The weather cooperated and the drive went by quickly as Lucy and I spent some quality time together. As a new Captain with Southwest Airlines my schedueling power has been reduced to almost nothing. Currently I am working weekends with weekdays off. Lucy on the other hand has been mandated by the state of Utah to work 4 ten-hour days so that the state can save money closing all offices on Friday. Our time together has been affected and we do not take advantage of the time that we do have together. Time marches on, though, and we hope in the next few months that I will be able to bid back to at least partial weekday trips during the month. By 6pm we had driven to Boise, Idaho and we both felt good so we decided to press on to Salt Lake City. We arrived home around 12:30AM and started the work week in earnest.
Since the middle of July, Lucy and I have been very busy. We have done a little bit of work on the house throughout the summer, but we continue to ride quite a bit on the bikes. This week we are heading down to Brian Head, Utah for a 4-day mountain bike stage race which starts on Thursday. The website for that race is www.americanmountainclassic.com After this, the bikes will get a big rest. The outside temperatures are starting to cool down a bit and we know that there is much to do with the house before Fall arrives.
Work schedules, training schedules, and life seem to get in the way so we will try harder to keep our Blog up to date and let you all know what is going on in our neck of the woods. We leave you with one last picture of us on a recent quick trip to our place in Moab. From beautiful Utah, ta ta for now.
BC Bike Race Report
Posted at 10:55 PM, July 9, 2008
So Drew and I did this CRAZY 7-day mountain bike race in British Columbia June 28 through July 4, 2008 called BC Bike Race. We are recovering now. It will take a while.
Here are some text messages I sent to Steve H. to put on our Revolution Team website. They pretty much take you through our ups and downs. Steve has a few comments and I wrote a few in later too. I tried to keep it short for y'all.
So much tension and excitement. Quite a chore getting our gear and bikes all situated for the race. Some crazy Germans got into the boarding school where we were staying at 11 pm and proceeded to clomp around until 2 am on the floor above us in the dorm where we slept. Lucy slept right though.
Above: Drew and Lucy at the start.
Day 1 race report:
Day 1 was hot and long. Temps in the 90s. Some singletrack, some doubletrack. 92 km (58 mi.). One wrong turn cost us 15 min. We barely made it into aid station 2 and filled our camelbacks and they ran out of water. About 3000 feet of climbing with some steep hike-a-bike sections in fern forest. Lucy led the way with a fast pace that made Drew work to keep up with her. We finished in 7 hours 10 minutes. We were one of a few teams picked to carry a gps transponder so all can track our progress in real time.
The course was technically pretty easy today. There was a 45 minute hike-a-bike through a feally far-out fern forest. A little bit of nice singletrack and some steep rocky climbs. With the heat, it felt like Utah.
At the finish line, Drew reached out for Lucy's hand and things didn't go so smoothly. Lucy wiped out right on the pavement at the finish line. She is getting good at that! (Recall the hand-off at the timing station at 12-Hours of Endurance a couple of years ago.) Abrasions on the left knee. "It's only a flesh wound."
Day 1 Stats: 7:12, 58 miles, 5823 feet of climbing, 3692 calories (Lucy)
Above: day 1 camp
Day 2, brutal:
Day 2 was hot and longer. 128.6 km (almost 80 mi.) on gravel road with cars. Hills. One nice 5 km single track at the end was hard to enjoy because A) we were TIRED and B) our shocks and tires were aired up so the bikes were v stiff. 6.5 hours felt like 10. So tired! Good food though and no rain so Lucy is a happy camper. Tomorrow the st (singletrack) begins!
day 2 pics - dusty day
day 2 stats: 6:31, 80.4 miles, 3757 feet of climbing, 2685 calories (Lucy)
By Steve: Day 3 for team Married with Bikes started bad. On rollout, Lucy noticed her rear wheel making a strange clunking sound. Only 5km in they realized the tire was going bad, starting to split and bulge. They tried to repair it with duct tape but that only seemed to make it worse. At this point they were the last ones on the course and the sweeper motorcyclist was waiting behind them. He didn't think the tire would last so Lucy was pulled out of the stage and Drew continued on to finish the course for the day. It was a very tough break for the team as they are no longer officially ranked in the standings. But they will continue riding the rest of the stages together and Drew still has the chance to be an official finisher. Ryan from Revolution bike shop (wrenching for Team Cannondale Monavie) helped Lucy (HUGE THANKS TO RYAN!!) get a new tire mounted on her bike back at tte base camp, and with a day off, she is well-rested and ready to kill it tomorrow. For Drew it was another long, hot day. A lot more fire road and when they finally got to the singletrack, much of it was freshly cut and quite difficult to ride. Seven and half hours later he was finally reunited with his sweetie. Tomorrow's course promised to be much shorter and includes a ferry ride and lots of singletrack. Hopefully it will be a much better day for team Married with Bikes.
by Lucy: We decided to ditch the GPS since we had reports that it wasn't working as promised. Also toady I read a local newspaper article about the contest Drew's essay got us into. (The one for $20000 worth of prizes that we lost to the Mexican duo with the poverty story that said they really needed to win the contest to do this race but then showed up with very expensive bikes and gear. Turns out they were actually registered for the race before we were.) Apparently, there were 1900 votes and we lost by less than 200 votes. This made me want to beat them even more. Drew and I thank everyone who voted for us in the contest!!! We almost made it.
day 3 pic above: the bad tire.
day 3 Drew at finish line. Lucy taking the pic. :-(
Day 3 stats: Lucy 0:20, Drew 7:30?, 53.4 miles, 5266 feet of climbing, 400 calories (Lucy)
Day 4: Real Racing on BC singletrack!
Awesome day. After a day of rest, Lucy was ready to hit the trail. She was really strong today and we finished in 5:32 on the 38 mile course. 26 minutes ahead of the Mexicans that won "our" essay contest prize. Half the course was logging road and the other half technical singletrack. Even with the problems of yesterday they are still officially ranked 23rd out of 33 teams. The singletrack is quite challenging, but pretty fun. Trail building up here must be a pain in the ass.
day 4: team at an aid station
day 4: Jube on the trail!!! Fun.
day 4: post race. The work never ends.
Day 4 stats: 5:34, 40.4 miles, 4905 feet of climbing, 2974 calories (Lucy)
Day 5 race report
This sh*#'s insane. Locals say the trail we suffered today has good flow. They don't know flow AT ALL. This trail had clunk. As in clunk Drew's leg on a rock. He is ok. We r TIRED. Our time 6:22. About with our group, but only because we hammer the climbs. MORE technical tomorrow. Zoiks.
above: day 5 camp at Squamish
Day 5 stats: 6:22, 42.2 miles, 5774 feet of climbing, 2974 calories (Lucy)
Day 6 race report
These are not trails. They are torture chambers. Lucy had no legs today, very technical, tons-o-climbing. HARD DAY! Time 6:10. 34 min ahead of the Mexicans! (The Mexicans are Team CJ Bros, the couple who won the big prize package and who we've been trying to beat each day.)
after day 6 (you can't see the blood and dirt very well)
Day 6 stats: 6:10, 41.4 miles, 5495 feet of climbing, 2611 calories (Lucy)
Day 7 FINISHED!
We completed the BC Bike Race with a total time of 44:49:19 hours of racing over the 7 days of stages. We finished 21st out of 32 teams, but if Lucy had not had the mechanical we most likely would have been in 20th place based on the times of those we raced near each day. The final stage had many, many kilometers of technical riding in Whistler. So many bridges to cross I lost count. Maybe 50 for the whole week? Bridges are one thing, but it is the roots and rocks that kill us. So intense! After the race Drew said he felt, "... like a dog sitting in the corner of the room licking its wounds."
The finish was bittersweet for Lucy. Because of day 3's mechanical, she didn't receive the finisher's t-shirt and medal. It is a hideously ugly medal, so that makes it a little better. Still, to train for 7 months so hard and then not officially finish - argh!
Day 7 stats: 5:36, 32.5 miles, 5331 feet of climbing, 2611 calories (Lucy)
Total race stats: 44 hours 49 min (the winning mixed team did it in 29 hours!) 345 miles, 36,400 feet of climbing, >18,000 calories (Lucy)
The final banquet was up at the roundhouse on the mountain - beautiful mountain!!! Good food. Said good bye to some new and old friends. The caliber of people doing these races is top notch.
Lucy caught a bad cold and her chest cavity diaphram muscle was so sore she couldn't take a full breath so she hobbled around and tried to drink beer.
Abv: Lucy at the final banquet up on Whistler mountain.
We stayed in this nice German B&B in Whistler for a couple of nights.
We saw a bear heading into Whistler Village, straight for the restaurants! Poor fuzzy guy. Then we drove down to Seattle via Vancouver and stayed with friend Jerda (Thanks J!) before blasting back to life in SLC.
above: Vancouver skyline
LUCY'S FINAL THOUGHTS
Would I do it again? NO WAY. Am I glad we did it? YES.
Pros: My riding skills improved immensely and I'm in great shape now. It was a well run race. Fun people. Beautiful country. I guess this was one way to get to ride lots of BC singletrack.;-)
It was a real bonding experience with my totally awesome, patient, and studly husband. I don't think I would have been able to compete in this type of race without Drew by my side. Not only is he a great mechanic, he is great emotional and physical support for me. We had lots of happy moments on the trail, and those that were "less happy", were still great. Drew helped me through some low moments and kept me going when my whining almost was too much for me. His nick name is Diesel, and now I know why. He is steady and strong like a diesel engine. He paced us so that we didn't blow up at the end of the day. Drew is my rock, and as a geologist, I really like rocks!
Cons: Hours of torture. So much time spent training for an unofficial finish. My garden at home is pathetic. My butt is calloused. My legs are bruised badly and this abrasion from the stupid crash on day 1 is going to leave a scar.
Drew’s input on riding with Lucy:
What an incredible experience! Riding with Lucy was a dream come true. We rode hard, pushed one another and helped each other when we hit our lows. I am blown away with Lucy’s determination and competitive spirit. Lucy had a fluke technical problem on day three that could not have been foreseen or corrected without neutral support on the race course. The course marshal pulled her off the course which was extremely devastating. Months of training, sacrifice and dedication were obliterated after the inner lining of her rear tire delaminated from the tread and rendered her tire useless.
After this occurred on day three Lucy came back on day 4-7 with so much fervor and determination. Not only did she push herself but she pushed me to my upper limits. She was competitive as we focused on teams ahead of us in the standings and narrowed the time gap. We passed 4 teams in the overall standings between days 4-7. An understatement would be how technical the trails were on the course. Lucy did not hold back as she navigated her way over roots, drop-offs and skinny bridges and ramps. Each day ended with a new set of aches and pains as the terrain in B.C. exacted its toll on us. Every morning we would wake to face new challenges and hardships. Lucy pushed hard every day!
I am in awe of my wife who even though was not able to be an official finisher of the race after day three gave 150% of everything she had. In her shoes I do not know if I could have continued the race with so much dedication and determination. I knew that this race would bring us together on many different levels, but I was not prepared for what I witnessed. Lucy is an incredible woman and I am quite honestly the most fortunate man in the world!
I would never do the BC Bike Race again. The race was a seven day stage race. Each stage had an independent course team leader / designer. Each person designed their daily race course to showcase the most technical aspects of British Columbia singletrack in their community. Some days we even raced on brand new trails with the hope that 400 racers would better establish the new trails. Unfortunately 400 racers competing on 40 to 60 miles of technical trail consisting of drop-offs, log crossing, ramps, bridges, and newly cleared trails was a disaster. Daily injured riders were pulled off the trails and broken bike frames were dragged back in to camp in the evening. Daily course distances from start to finish and between aid stations was often erroneous and aid station cutoff times had to be adjusted due to the high number of teams that would have potentially been disqualified. The race is in its second year and since its inception the field of competitors has doubled. The race organizers focus on the technical aspects of the ride and a few major logistical problems left many of the racers with a bad taste. For the BC Bike Race to succeed in the future there will have to be some major changes in 2009.