Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Potato - Pa-ta-to

That's right, I signed up for The Couch Potato Race in Pisgah National Forest on November 2nd. Don't let the name fool you, it's Pisgah after all. The race is 30 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing. You can't come off the couch and crush it, although in some ways that's my plan. No, I'm not really coming off the couch - but in a sense I'm getting off the riding my bike at a moderate pace couch and getting on the training for a race couch. Two completely different couches altogether. With great trails like Cove Creek, Daniel Ridge, Butter Gap, and Long Ridge it looks to be a good time. The mileage is also right in my "wheelhouse". I seem to do better at the 30 mile distance more so then the shorter mileage/harder effort or the longer/50+ miler races.

Here is a link to check the race out for your self:

Even better, why don't you sign up and see if you can beat me. I just got one thing to say to you.......

Maybe Pete Dixon should be asking himself this question right now as he plans to "show up to blow up" and leave me in his dust! Come on out and give it full gas - I'm really just wanting to finish in around 3 hours or so is all.

Between now and the Couch Potato I'm going to race The 6 hour Grind at Anne Springs in September. I doubt I'll race all 6 hours, but more likely maybe get 5 laps in and cash it in unless I'm feeling it. After that is Wilson's Revenge, which is a couple weeks before the Potato.

I'll do a couple CX Races here and there and eventually get ready for Winter Short Track and next season where I plan to focus on the longer endurance races. I'm excited to be pushing myself on the bike again. It feels good to be doing some structured rides again. I have a long way to go, but at least I've started. I'm dedicating my races to a friend of mine who was injured when a semi-truck hit him this past Mothers Day. You are an inspiration to me buddy, and I'll be thinking of you when I want to throw in the towel during these races.