My last post before start

From Dave…

5:30am Santa Clarita, CA.  Pre-Start.  

This is the morning.  All the training will be tested over the next 48 hours.   It is early here, I just took a shower, and relaxing for a few minutes while the crew gets things together before we go get some breakfast.  All the feeling of anticipation, worry, anxiety, excitement are there, more than ever.  I know I am ready to tackle this beast of a race.  I can’t wait for us to start.  As we are moving around the hotel, and gathering our last minute supplies and making final preparations, the intensity is slowly increasing before the 7:00am start. 

These are my last few minutes to truly relax.  From 7:00am for the next 40-48 hours, the clock will never stop.  Whether riding, eating, stopping to fix something or peeing, the clock is ticking and you are in a rush.  The clock never stops.  And my goal this year is to pretty much never stop either.  Not entirely true, we do have a plan of certain strategic breaks, but by and large, I must be on the bike all the time. 

Team is ready, I am ready, I can’t wait to get things started.  We are going to have a great time out in the California desert.  I can’t wait for the climbs, I think I’m ready for them, and the descents down the mountains, well, they are pretty scary with the high winds and often dark of night, but they are exciting and fun too.  Especially when you get to the bottom in one piece.

 That’s the last you’ll hear from me till this adventure is complete.  Other posts will be by my crew, Steve and Willy, or my wife, Tamara.

8 Responses to “My last post before start”

  1. Ashley Says:

    Good Luck dad!!!! And remeber what I told you: “The Pride of Winning Lasts Loner Than The Pain!!” 8D YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!

  2. Kelly Ridgway Says:

    Keep your legs moving!! This is what you have been training for! Now go for it!

  3. Bob Gentile Says:

    Best Wishes Dave!!! It’s Your Time!! Git R Done!!!

  4. Deborah Says:


    I am climbing and descending those mountains with you… just in another manner. There is much wind and darkness here as well, which makes the adventure all the more exciting and meaningful. They say, “Where there is no pain, there is no gain”… isn’t that the way regarding many aspects of life? Here’s hoping we are both victorious in our own personal races!

  5. Wendy Says:


    I wish you the best of luck with your race! I am truly amazed by what you have accomplished. Take care of yourself, and I can’t wait to hear all about the race. 🙂

  6. Nanci Says:

    Dave! I am _so_ excited for you! There’s nothing better than riding a bike. Just think- you could be running! This is WAY easier! You get to sit down!! All right, you’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. Nanci Says:

    You got to see a wild tarantula??? You are so lucky!! Sounds like everything is going well- yay!!

  8. Mike Hankins Says:

    Keep on, keepin’ on David! Great to see you are doing so many races and doing well in them.

    Mike and Cheryl