26 July 2010 - 20:52The Dark Horse Approacheth
And have I been training? No, not so much.
I have been riding, but I haven’t been spending quality time in the saddle. Meaning that I have not been getting those long base miles in on the bike I will be racing on. Instead, I have been frivolously goofing around on my RIP9 on short rides with friends. A ride is a ride, and always good for the soul, but I have a feeling that this upcoming 40 mile ride will hurt.
So, I will be changing some aspects of my equipment to gain whatever advantage I can. It isn’t like I’m going to loose 10 lbs and get ultra fit in the next 6 days.
One of the things I will be using is the new 34 tooth singlespeed specific Rotor ring. I snagged this one from Niner rep Mike Stanley during the VT Mountain Bike Festival.
I am in fact singed up for the Dark Horse 40 in the single speed category, further showing my lack of good judgement when it comes to these sort of things. I haven’t picked out my rear cog yet, but I think I will be bringing a couple of extra and some tools, and make a game time decision after checking out the course.