I have spent the spring and summer on my mountain bike training for the Butte 50 on July 30. This is a 50-mile mountain bike race in the mountains above Butte, Montana. It has been categorized as one of the toughest 50 mile races in the US. I did it two years ago. Took me 10 hours on the bike. It is a loop but I swear there is a lot more up than there is down. Time-wise there is definitely a lot more up. I am feeling pretty good about it this year. I cut way back on beer in an attempt to lose ten pounds. Ten pounds is a lot of weight on a three-mile climb. So far I have managed to lose five pounds. About what I expected.
The Butte 50 entry is a lottery. I keep winning the lottery. I won last year but could not ride due to a health issue. Why can’t I win a lottery involving money?
I did a 46-mile mountain bike race a couple of weeks ago. My goal was that nobody older than me would finish in front of me. I reached my goal. Of course I was the oldest rider but if I over look that little detail I am good. Oh, and I was not last. Close, but not last. And I did not know I was the oldest until after the race.
If I had a higher IQ I would not sign up for this kind of thing. There is just something in me that requires a physical challenge in front of me. I get plenty of intellectual challenges being the IT department for the school. This is about the only physical challenge I get other than riding with friends. I used to run a lot and do marathons but the Achilles tendons are toast from too many miles with a pack and from running.
I did 21 miles of the course in 4 hours Sunday. This week is a taper down week and next week is a maintenance week.
IT-wise today is a replace the school’s main firewall/router day. The present router is old and makes me nervous. I bought a nifty new Barracuda router. I am not installing it. I have a local guru and tech support. Yippee.