Along about Christmas I ran into a bout of motivational withdrawl: I didn't feel compelled to ride much. It was fine for a while - I had been training hard before that and needed some recovery time - but it kept stretching out. "Oh, I'll go for a nice long ride tomorrow" and then of course I wouldn't and then would say "Oh, I'll go for a nice long ride tomorrow". This continued for a few weeks. I actually did get a few rides in but they were only a few hours long.
Arrowhead isn't like the final exam in college that you can stay up late the night before cramming. You try and pull that for Arrowhead and your chances of finishing are pretty low. It's a wonder that I can motivate myself to train for Arrowhead because I'm a terrible procrastinator. I'm real quick, I think I just figured it out: riding my bike = fun, studying for Organic Chemistry = pulling teeth.
Anyway, I got out for a ride a couple of days back. Then I went for a short one last night and then a medium one (just over four hours) tonight. And that's a wrap. I'm as good as I'm going to be for Arrowhead (not very). It's actually cold here now. First ride this year that was below zero - with wind chills at about -30. It feels good to get out in some semi-cold temps. Relaxing. Now I know that if it gets cold at Arrowhead I can handle it - the main thing to remember is that I shouldn't lick my pump.
|A picture of me taken by a nice, passing snowmobiler who stopped for a chat.|
|This spot is where the Moquah Spur intersects with the Iron River trail. In the fall when the trail is hard-packed and fast I can make it here in about 45 mins. On this ride it took about 2:30.|
|I thought I had the Blair Witch chasing me. So I stopped to take a picture. Makes sense, right?|
|I made it to the end of the Moquah Spur roughly 6 miles away in about an 2.5 hours. The Arrowhead record (15:45) is not in danger by yours truly.|