Time is drawing near for the Furnace Creek 508. Three weeks away. Training has been going great, I’ve got several 100 plus mile rides in, 130 today and finished feeling strong. My legs feel good. The heat/humidity here is causing problems, just making it difficult to train as hard as I’d like. In the humidity, the profuse sweating does no good, it doesn’t evaporate, so it’s not cooling you, it’s only depleting your body. I manage it, and am getting good workouts in, but I so wish I could spend a couple, three weeks out West in the dry air. Oh well.
I got my Cervelo time trial bike put together and it’s working well. It’s very fast, but also pretty exhausting to ride. My neck gets very tired because of the very forward, low position. But it’s good. I’ll be riding it for most of my rides between now and race day, and will actually raise the front about a 1/4 inch right before the race, to relieve some of the steepness. With the Cervelo for the flat/rolling sections, and the Cannondale Six-13 road bike for the big climbs and decents, I think I’ve got the equipment part covered. And my training has been good, so hopefully, I’ve got the physical part covered. The race itself is going to be so difficult though, I have no illusions that it will be easy. I expect the most difficult event I’ve ever done.
I’ve had interviews last week with two different publications, that are doing stories on my Badwater/Furnace Creek races. As those come out, I’ll post them.