Monday, February 18, 2008

Toast anyone?

Another successful race at Schabobele ends with a toaster trophy. Sweet!

5 races already for me, and it's only February. It's fun to be back out racing. To bad the next time I'll be out racing may not be for a month. We'll see what happens.

My father came down early Saturday morning right from work and we drove to the races in Kentucky. He would end up staying up for around 36hrs, with just a few cat naps when he could grab them. That's some endurance.

First up was Mentor, which is a rolling out and back course. It was a nice day with temps in the 40's and hardly an wind to speak off. Just before the start Godzulla (the promoter) came up to me and said if I helped set the course record he would buy my father, and I shots after the race. So as we are having our neutral roll out to the start of the race I was thinking of what to do. So once we started I decided to get a great workout in and see how fast I could make the race. This ended up with me sitting on the front for 85 of the 100km race. Once I pulled off the race really began. All I can really say after that is I got a really good workout in and the course record was beat by 5 minutes.

Well for those that know me, a shot after a race would send me to the floor so instead Godzulla went ahead and bought my father and I's lunch, and that was awesome.

The next day was a bit more serious with the toaster on the line. I don't think you can have to many toaster trophies. Anyways the course and the weather on the day led to a smaller starting number. Sure the course is really hard with plenty of climbing on narrow back country Kentucky roads, but the weather wasn't to bad. We started in light rain with winds around 20mph and temps just over 50 and by the time we finished it was partly cloudy with temps in the 60's and winds at a moderate 40+mph. Just another Godzulla epic challenge.

I've done this race 3 times and it just so happens that I've never done a lap with more then 2 other riders, with one of the bigger climbs being in the first few miles of the circuit. Well this year was no different and by mile 3 I was chugging along on my own. I wasn't to sure that I wanted to do that, but I just rode it out. I spent the rest of the afternoon thinking of why I'm doing this, trying not to be eaten by big scary country dogs, and staying on the road as the wind grabbed me a few times. A little over 3hrs later and it was all over. Of course it was over sooner for some as only a third of those who started finished, and some took longer as the women kept getting flats and waited on each other and finished a few minutes behind me after only having to do half the distance. So it could have been worse.

I recommend this race to everyone, yet some decide not to do it. It is most likely the hardest course I race on all year. No joke. I know that is enough to scare some off, especially with it being in February and all, but it's just one of those things you have to try. You'll never forget the experience, and riders still talk about past races that happened over 5 years ago. Plus if you just finish your almost guaranteed a good result. So I plan on seeing you all there next year, of course if I'm lucky again, it wont be for very long.

Breeze On


jbhancock said...

Wow, if I have to leave too many more of these "good job, Jake" notes on your blog my fingers are going to fall off!

Anyway, GREAT JOB!

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