This will be the third time I've done the race. Each year it gets bigger and bigger-especially since Lance did it last year and since he lost to Gunnison boy Dave Wiens will be back this year. I had thought about doing it several yrs ago. Dave was doing it and it sounded like a good challenge and good way to stay in shape. But you have to sign up in Janurary so I forgot for several yrs...
So anyway here's a rundown of the top riders, Dave, Lance and Me...
I'm really just a slower and less pretty version of Dave (or my blog last yr here or here). He's 44, I'm 41, He's 6'1" or so and 175lb he says, I'm 6'3" and under 180 for the race. He has won a lot of Mt bike races, is in the Mt bike Hall of Fame and his wife has a bronze medal for '96 olympics. I have raced some and my wife rides her bike to work. I have diabetes and as far as I know Dave is a marvel of healthiness.
Lance has won the Tour de France a few times and is a cancer survivor. I have watched the tour and am a diabetes survivor. He did the last tour to train for leadville this yr.
Dave and Lance will probably beat me by 1-1.5 hrs. But I will probably be in the top 30-50 riders out of >1300.
The training has been going pretty well this summer. I nordic skied a bunch and did the Grand Travers Ski race this winter so came out of our late spring pretty strong.
Here are some numbers of ride time, elevation climbed and miles. Note that this is a mixture of technical mt bike miles and road bike so the mileage would be much longer if I just stayed on the roads... I got a new toy Garmin Edge 705 to get #s. Go to connect.garmin.com and filter rides by jryter to see them all on a map!!
wk of 6-8-09; 16hrs, 15224', 245mi
wk of 6-15-09; 15hrs, 13890', 217mi
wk of 6-22-09; 14hrs, 16148', 193mi
wk of 6-29-09; ~15hrs, ~20000', ~190mi -did breckinridge firecracker 50 w/o GPS so some estimation...
wk of 7-6-09; 18:33hrs, 19000', 269mi
wk of 7-13-09; 17hrs, 22649', 216mi
wk of 7-20-09; 16:16hrs, 17724', 214mi
wk of 7-27-09; 17:39 hr 18493', 19000', 269mi
Well thanks for stopping in... I'm in taper mode now.. Shorter rides... less intensity. We'll see how next weekend goes!!