Leadville Silver Rush 50 Summary, in as few words as possible:
- I love to ride bikes, I love to race bikes – single speed / rigid / titanium, of course
- I can’t quit my day job, I’ll never pay the mortgage by racing bikes
- Something must change, something will change.
What do I mean by that. Nothing, really. BUT…. I am gearing up for a big 4 months of racing. (Check back in a few days, I’ll post the race Official BPR schedule for Aug – Nov.) The Leadville Silver Rush experience was awesome, but I failed to achieve my goal. My goal was simple: Ride Faster, Hike Faster. It didn’t happen; I’m not thrilled with my performance.
So, I need to modify my training and must modify my lifestyle. Modify my lifestyle? Yep. I’m going to work on my nutrition, which means I’m going to cut back on Cheetos. I’m in much better shape than 2009, but I still weight 210 lbs! This is unacceptable. I need to be 170 and 2% body fat. So the Cheetos addiction is a thing of the past. No joke, jokester. No more Cheetos Burritos, no more Cheetos for breakfast, no more last night Cheetos snacks, no more Chocoloate Mint ice cream with Cheetos topping. (But I’ll still eat Cheetos for lunch!) Anyway, enough of this serious stuff. Let’s get on with the race review.
For the Silver Rush 50 I traveled solo, camped solo, raced solo, and meditated solo. It was a solo trip. I met some cool dudes / dudettes. Not my doing, as people know I very seldom start conversations – but I can keep one going. Anyway, Andrew / Mo / Stacy from Denver / Boulder were camping next to me. It was fun talking to the crew. Nice to meet new people and converse about crazy stuff – like UFOs and Sasquatch. No joke. I saw a UFO in Feb 2009, Stacy saw a Sasquatch a few years ago. Talk to enough people, all the mysteries in the world are not so mysterious.
Ok, back to the race, again:
- I was 10 min slower than last year.
- When on the bike, I performed better than last year
- When hiking, I hiked slower than last year. My legs were destroyed – hiking only. A solution – start cruising Walmart. The Walmart shuffle might be good training. Just need to get the guts to go into that Hell Hole.
- The blind led the blind. 10 of us missed a turn. The data does not lie, we rode an extra mile and climbed an extra 150 ft. Just what I need prior to the final 2 wicked climbs (The final 2 climbs were about 1350 feet of vertical in 4 miles. Brutal. But I powered up them in BPR fashion.)
The Link: Silver Rush 50 Results
- Overall: 156 out of 505 finishers, I think
- Single Speed Category: 11 out of 46, 55 registered? (results say 10th, but James / Black Sheep Bikes was not correctly classified as Single Speed. James smoked me by 18 minutes, just like last year.)
- The Numbers: 620 started, 763 registered, I think
Prob-eee is so sick of the hazing implemented by the B.P.R. Founding Members that he is preparing to take the dive into the Black Sheep lifestyle. Good move Prob-eee, funny poem Prob-eee.
Yes sir,yes sir, may I ask why?
One for The Judd who climbs up the hills;
One for the Lt Col who likes to take spills.
One for Tedd who boosts our morale;
One for Prob-eee to be a member with his pals.