I’ve been scrambling to catch up on work, calories, fun and other non-ride really far aspects of my life. Here are some links to blogs of people I know who raced and already wrote their stories. Enjoy.
Megan (team Bonobo, Swarm!, etc) wrote two entries with some photos.
George Vargas has a ton of data, stories and photos from his version of the suffer fest. Congratulations on three years in a row!
Brian does not have anything new up yet, but I’d like to announce for him that in 2010 he is going to be on a raw-vegan Race Across America 4-person team with Organic Athlete. Wow! I already volunteered to be on his support team for solo in 2011.
Deanna Adams, is vegan, 20 years old and raced without wearing bike shorts. And I was going to brag about only wearing triathlon shorts.
Laters! Stay warm out there in this cold weather.
Budge’s blog has some excellent photos. Fewer of me and more of the environ. Check them out!
This is my pre-race mugshot and it played a role in my finishing. When I wanted to DNF I thought about it. If you joke around and then DNF, you look like a dumbass who did not take the race seriously. If you joke around and then finish, it is even funnier. Right?
It is very difficult to summarize this type of experience without sounding obvious or cliche, but I’ll do my best. First I want to be honest and say that this is the most difficult experience I have ever put myself through. I knew it would be hard, but I was blown away (twice almost literally: once in a sandstorm and another on a hairy descent with insane crosswinds- one of the scariest times I’ve ever had on a bike). But I had a great time. Really. In one waking period I rode through fog, rain, steep canyons, 50+ MPH downhills, dry desert, 10 mountain passes, temperatures in the 40s all the way to 90s, headwinds, tailwinds and even a few miles of normal conditions.
I’m going to break up my thoughts into a number of posts so that Matthew doesn’t complain about bike blog posts being way too long. For now here is a photo Race Director Chris Kostman posted. Below is a caption that he wrote, which he rarely does, so I am thankful for that.
AdventureCORPS Presents the 2008 Furnace Creek 508 / _A052716 Photos by Chris Kostman, Oct 5, 2008: Finishers 7:00pm through 9:50pm
The stars of Eat!Sleep?Bike!: the acclaimed film by Sasha Edge about the four rider fixed gear Team Bonobo who completed The 508 in 2006.
From L-R: Pictured are Maxwell Lucas crewed for Brian; Matt Ruscigno competed solo as Desert Locust; Megan Dean, a custom bicycle frame builder, competed with the four woman Team Blue-Footed Booby; Brian Davidson competed solo as Emperor Moth. They are all members of Team Swarm!, an LA-based cycling club, team, and advocacy group. Why the bananas? In 2006, they used a banana as their relay team baton, which they then ate at the finish line. This year, Megan’s team also used a banana as their baton, while Matt carried one, too, just for fun. All four riders are vegan. In fact, Brian has now completed the race twice on a purely raw, vegan diet, about which Matt, a dietician, has presented a poster at a science conference. It was on display at Racer Check-In. Click here for the first of several photos of the poster (click the arrows to the right to see the rest of the photos.)
Could not of done it without my exceptional crew. Thanks Morgan, Chris
Now to sleep 44 hours after waking up yesterday.
Heat is becoming a factor with bad road quality. Matts Achilles is
causing some problems but pushing on. 33 miles to amboy and cp7