Last December’s CFITT race turned out unseasonably cold and I froze my tater tots off.
I was determined to not have that happen again in the Huracan race. I bought extra 40 degree gloves and toe covers and of course did not need them.
What I did need was a good dose of “Sack the F-ck Up” as the rain began to fall on saturday. At first a later drizzle and six hours later still coming down.
But rain is good and it definitely builds character – a reminder of “do you really want to do this”?
In the end we come back to the point of “we don’t want easy as this does not build your mind or body”. We want it to be tough or otherwise there is no point of entering the ring.
For this ride I decided to ride to help homeless teens – you can read more about my fundraising efforts on the bike here:
So far we have raised over $21k for charities on the bike – w00t!
At this point I don’t have anything to prove other than just trying to stay fit and keep my mind right. But I do love hanging out in nature with friends and any challenge that brings on the elements is more than welcome.
My biggest goal was to ride with guys faster than me (Justin Shealey and Glen Slater) and try to stay somewhat close to them and make it to Clermont (150 miles) the first night.
That was achieved.
Plus these guys are just fun as hell to ride with as we run into cows on the trail and navigate the course through the wilds.
My bike held up great (no flats, broken seat or derailleur). My body felt really good and not IT band issues or nonsense. Lets keep going with this as I like riding without mechanicals.
Highlight of the trip?
Glen found a gator skull on Waters road.
Just as we are trying to figure out how it met its death a truck load of wild redneck dog hunter women showed up and wanted to take a look – parking in the middle of the mud hole.
You can’t make this stuff up.
I switched tires to Terravail 2.6 inch (down from Maxxis Chronicles 3 inch) tires to give a little break on the asphalt roads. They were fine in the mud and sand.
I added a REI Flash Insulated mat that I attached to my fork. I slept in a hotel so it was not needed.
Using the WTB Volt chro-moly seat with no problems. I broke a Brooks B17 carbon rail seat in TNGA 2017 race.
I put a Petzl headlamp under my visor (instead of on top of helmet) and I think I like that better. Having good lighting is a must for me as my vision is not 100% so I need a few extra lumens to help me.
I traded in my Camelbak 100 ounce backpack for an Osprey 80 ounce. I put one 16 ounce water bottle on bike and about 40 ounces or so on my bike.
No frame bag this time. I opted for using two Revelate gas cans to hold tools and tire repair kit.
Things I would change?
I am going to get Shey Linder to build a lighter set of rims for 2018.
If I had a ton of money I would get a Carver Ti frame – but I will wait till I crack this frame before I do that.
My Garmin etrex 20 works great – but have looked at the 30 and may try that or a Wahoo navigation system.
For me it is not as much about time as it is the experience and enjoying the people we meet and hang out with. But it was nice to see I have dropped some time and learned some things.
2016 time: 62 hours 10 minutes
2017 time: 80 hours 15 minutes
2018 time: 61 hours 13 minutes
Dirty Pecan 150
Next Big Race?
TNGA 350 (Trans North Georgia)
I would like to thanks Great Bicycle Shop (GBS) in Tallahassee and especially Matt Wilson for taking the time to keep me rolling.
Thanks for Karlos “naked Indian” Bernart for putting together and amazing course through the wilderness.
Checkpoints for accountability
#1 Convenience store
#2 Epic Cycles
#3 Lake Lindsay Mall for a quick cuban sandwich lunch
#4 Finish at Santos trailhead sign on monday night at 10:13 pm.
CFITT Race Report 2017