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There was a Boggs III Aftermath thread last year. Let's keep the tradition going. Tell your stories and share your photos here.

I know suffering makes great story telling. Unfortunately, everything worked out well for me as planned, and even better. So, I don't have a gripping story to tell and I'll keep it short. This was my first endurance race. I went in with a goal of riding as much as I can and an expectation of completing six laps. Met the goal and beat the expectation. Throughout the 8 hours and 32 minutes, the only time I had both my feet off the bike was at a quick pee stop on lap three. I had never done so much riding in one shot in my entire life. I think I can retire now.

The hubby's knee pain made him drop out of the race after five laps. So, I guess we had our share of pain in this household.

The weather was perfect, the trails were tacky, the crowd was exuberant, and the organizers are down to earth (solar power, no trash, good cause, etc.). I call this a perfect race.
 

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oh yeah thanks great time there where two unicycles i think two tandems and Bobby McMullen who is a blind rider one person from auburn bike works did a solo record of 11 laps 9 miles you do the math. such a fun time by all some pros were there mark weir most of the marin team was there to great time
 

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The first three laps were fun and then the suffering began. I think it's more fun to do this on a team next year. It's a very nice course, with just enough rocky and twisty single track to keep it interesting, but plenty of fire roads climbs to pass (or be passed by) riders as well. Plenty of riders lapped me, some even twice, but I was happy with my 8 laps in 8:41, one more than last year, but still only 12th out of 16 50+ masters. Those guys are fit and fast. They did give us an extra half an hour to finish the race. Last year you had to start your last lap before 7:45 race time and finish before 8:30. This year you could start your last lap any time before the 8 hours were up and finish before 9 hours of racing. My first 7 laps were actually a few minutes slower than last year, probably because I forgot my stopwatch and wasn't timing my breaks. It's easy to sit in that chair a little longer each lap if you don't have a watch to see the seconds ticking away.
Great seeing so many familiar faces and thanks for the encouragements; the chicken and pasta dinner was great guys! J.L.
 

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My race...

Went really well. I was on a 3 man team first man out. This is where it gets interesting. 500 feet from the start my friend tried to pass me and ended up knocking me over. I finished my lap but I kept thinking I had broken my thumb in the crash. It hurt like hell. I finally finish my lap and the paramedics look at me and tell me not to continue racing while they put my thumb in a splint. Of coarse, I didn't listen. I completed 4 laps and all except for the first lap, were under 1 hour. Bogg's allways was a fun race.
Oh, and my thumb isn't broken, it just got bent bent backwards:eekster:
 

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This was my first endurance solo and the second endurance race I've done. The other one was 12 hours of Humbolt with a teammate last year.

My goal was to do seven laps; a number that I picked by looking at the results from last year. Interestingly, that worked out to over 60 miles which is *way* more than I've ever mountain biked a day and a volume that I've only done on a road bike a few days ever. Not exactly prepared for a race this long.

First lap was pretty neutral--just warming up and finding my legs. Second lap--Back actually complaining a little and I started thinking "this is gonna be hard." Third lap--Back loosened up and I started thinking "maybe this won't be that bad after all." Fourth lap and beyond--back and legs getting progressively more sore and tired, mentally cursing the seemingly endless hills becoming more and more frequent, questioning why the heck I was out there, etc.

Anyway, I did get in my seven laps in about 8:22. Very happy with that since it was my first time out.

At the finish, could barely walk. Dropped my cars keys and stood there looking at them for a moment trying to muster the energy to pick them up. Luckily, my brother's girlfriend saw my conundrum and picked them up for me (and gave me aleve, bottled water, etc...I think my brother's got a keeper).

Today, lower back very sore and butt and thighs somewhat sore. Very tired...will sleep like a rock again tonight. But, despite it all, thrilled to have achieved what I set out to do.
 

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First endurance race ever. Rode solo. Showed up Friday night on my Craigslist hardtail that JustJeff and I made some pretty major changes to just before loading it onto the bike rack. Hopped out of the car and rode a practice lap. Back was in excruciating pain. Lots of swearing ensued. I was not planning on riding the next morning if my back did not feel any better.

Woke up, back felt good. I slept like a rock. Overnight temps weren't a problem and I wore myself out on that practice lap, so I woke up refreshed. Got out of the tent, rolled the bars back a little to make for a more upright riding position. This ended up being a really good idea as my planned 1-2 laps turned into an 8h 39m, 8 lap, ~72 mile, ~8800ft. endurance race.

Some highlights:

Lap 1. Decided that working on your bike after emerging from deep sleep was not a good idea. I left both rear controls (shifter and brake lever) completely loose. That made for a fun lap.

Lap 2. Got mad when some 12yo kid passed me. Determined not to let him get away from me, I got sloppy in my line selection and pinch flatted. Got a couple hundred "got everything?" flybys. Fixed the flat, rode on.

Lap 3. Charging the long singletrack straightaway just before the trail kicked up and right in the big ring, leaned the bike and the tires disappeared from underneath me. Slid a good 20 feet at ~30mph. No damage. Sweet!

Laps 4-8 were a blur. Thanks to mtnbecky, rensho and others I was able to keep hydrated and fed. Got passed by Weir (nice guy) and a few more 12yos (didn't care). At some point met up with a guy named Will who set a great pace and led me through several laps. Without a constant pace, I tend to pedal too hard and blow up -- so this was welcomed.

Lap 8: Tried not to let Tom down by catching JL who got a ~1:30m head start into the last lap. Caught up to him on the last singletrack climb. Relieved there was no heckling. :) Totally bummed I didn't register beginner as I was just 11 seconds off a third place podium in beginner. Came in 12th sport class. Doh!

What a blast. Had a great time. Will be there next year. Thanks everyone.
 

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Holy Boggs!

That was a hell of a ride. First solo endurance race for me and had a blast.
Hit my goal of 7 laps in around 8:29 and 7:30min moving time, placed 20th out of 31 in Sport Solo class. First two laps where definitely fun.
It is clear to me now that a good support team can make a big difference in this kind of events. I had no clear strategy from the start, feeding, resting etc, since I had no idea of how would I feel after 5hrs of pedaling. Now I know. :)

Luckily food worked ok, no mechanicals and just a couple of scary moments on the trail. I did get my first elbow from a pro rider, passing me on the narrow rock garden climb, he was definitely on a rush chased by 3 more superfast guys. Other than that everybody was super nice when passing.

Saw Bobby McMullen on lap 4 and that gave me goose bumps for the rest of the lap, and great motivation. I think he completed two full laps: I could clearly hear his guide yelling directions to him. Amazing stuff. :thumbsup:

I gave serious thoughts about quitting on lap 5: it was the pain and the idea of 2 more laps that made me nauseous. Lap 6 and 7 where unexpectedly painless: it's amazing how our body adapts and keeps going. I was more pain when I stopped at the end of each lap.

Felt pretty flat today but with great sense of accomplishment.
Great to see so many mtbr folks out there. Trails conditions where top notch.

MichiganMat pls post pics of your bike carnage. Dude that's a scary crash, glad you're ok.

Hopefully we'll see many pics posted: I know somebody took a pic of me on the finish line around 5PM: I'd really like to see my face at that point. :D

ZT
 

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I'm just thrilled that the big boys and girls let me play with them.

I managed only five laps this year. I'm not going to list the excuses. Great event, great course, and great weather. Great job Bikemonkey! And it was great seeing friends I met because of mtbr.

Viva Boggs, what a gem. I really hope it remains undiscovered by the masses.
 

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Ive been training up to now mainly with this race in mind, and I think it paid off. I met my goal, but was hurting on lap 6 (cramps) and lap 8 (foot pains). I may have left a little on the course, and I opted for beer rather than continuing the punishmet, but I am pleased and have a goal for next year now. Only bummer is that I had a shot at the podium if I went back out for another lap.

I did 8 laps in either 7:43 or 7:51. First 5 laps were under an hour. I think I was 6th out of __(?) in the solo sport

Lap 1 - Uh oh, I'm going out too hard, passing people when I should have been pacing myself better. I might burn my matches too early.

Laps 2-5 - Perfect, kept the heart rate ~155-165 most of the time. Was cruising to some great tunes, railing the singletrack. These laps were all around the 56 to 58 minute mark including 1 minute breaks between each lap for food. Foot started to hurt too (newer shoes), so I swapped shoes after the 5th lap, and lubed the chain (started to creak).

Lap 6 - Cramps! on the second fire road climb, they came out of no-where. Took a short stretch break, and climbed the rest of the fire road and singletrack in the 22-30 to spin out the cramps.

Lap 7 - Felt really, really good. I think my lap time was somewhere right around an hour. I had the very, very brief thought of going for 9 laps. I had 2:15 minutes left if I wanted to go for 2 more laps. Switchbaxr had finished his race, and was just opening up a beer as I pulled in, I grabbed his beer and chugged about 1/3 of it before heading out. It actually made the first couple miles of lap 8 feel great!

Lap 8 - Was riding along fine, but my left foot started to hurt again on the first fire road climb. I was moezing along fine, mostly in the small ring during the climbs. I felt good, with little bits of pain everywhere, but the left foot hurting more and feeling numb. I almost crashed 3 times on stupid/simple stuff, like that last rock step up, that I had been flying up the previous 7 laps, on the 8th lap, I almost eat my stem. I crossed the finish line, and Carlos tells me I have 1:09 left. That means the last lap was about 1:06. Hmmm decision time. I wimped out and used the almost crashes and aching foot as an excuse to start drinking beer.

I hung out with the buddies and the rest of the Wrong Way team. Some podium spots for a couple of our 3-person teams! Awesome! The bike monkey had some great tasting pasta, which served me as an apetizer for Switchbaxr's excellent chicken piccata and pasta dinner that was freshly made right on the course, served along side an endless variety of single and double IPAs. I was in heaven!

Drank beer, I did. That night was fun haning out with the usual crew, then moving over to shiela moon party for more beer, rummed cider, smoked pork, etc... Ended up drinking too much beer, not enough water.

What a great time out! Can't wait until next year, or later this spring!
 

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Damn, what a kick ass ride/race! So glad my buddies & teammates convinced me to sign up for this thing. Super fun singletrack & great vibes in a place I'd never ridden before = one memorable weekend.

I don't have the best track record with endurance races, so my goals for this race were pretty humble. Maybe do 6 laps, maybe do 7. I had no idea what to expect. I'm mainly a skier (as evidenced by my blog in my sig line) in the winter rather than a biker, so I was just looking at Bogg's IV as a training ride for future endurance races later in the year but it turned out better than I expected. I hadn't done a mountain bike ride longer than 2 hours since October I think and hadn't done a road ride longer than 50 miles since Thanksgiving so I was going into this with low expectations.

Was able to grunt out 9 laps in about 8:08 total time with 7:56 riding time (times based on my Garmin). I stopped briefly between laps to throw off leg and arm warmers after the first & 2nd lap respectively. And stopped again after the fourth or 5th lap (can't remember which) to take off the supportive wrap around my bruised ribs that a teammate had prepared for me in the morning until the Advil could kick in. Ride stats: http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/7893846

OK enough for 9th out of 27 in Singlespeed Open. Next time I will choose an easier gear (34x19 on a 29er was freakin tough in the second half of the day) and hopefully next time I will have some more adequate training under my belt. And hopefully next time will come soon with the Coolest 8 & 24 at Boggs in June! Can't wait!

Oh and Dez Wilder is an animal = 11 laps??? yowza....
 

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7 laps on the Nomad....Downhill was fun, but laps 3-7 the uphill hurt like nobody buisness
There was a nice huck /drop on the fire road decent if you took the farthest line right :)
The course was very nice I am putting this on the calendar for next year; but with a lighter bike.
 

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My first endurance race on the mt bike and first any race for years. It was really difficult from the moment I started pedaling and pretty much every second of it hurt. Ended up getting 6 laps in and had time to finish one more, even with some walking, but opted to get in the car and head home. Still felt like I left everything I had out there and was very happy with my effort but lots of room for improvement.

My body held up ok until the end but the IT band started pinging really bad the last couple lates. I was happy with my eating, drinking though and managed not to cramp thanks to margarita cliff blocks (sodium loaded) and a ton of water.

I was really impressed with the course. Real singletrack for most of it. I was expecting more double track I think. I'll definitely be back next year, hopefully with a lighter bike and stronger legs. Blown away by how fast some everyone is. Really impressive and humbling.
 

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Lots of pedaling, lots of eating, more than a few Tylenols. Im humbled by my fellow MTBR's guys, you are hammers one and all. Justin, you're something else man! I come out with a full buffet of food, drink, and chemicals to get me through... you show up with a bike and a camelback and polish off a whole other lap on me without trying. You're a beast dude.

Anyways, I felt strong most of the day, but was on the verge of cramping for most of it after lap 2. Tried to stay strong and fast but my lap times were consistently over 1hr. I was hoping to hammer out lap 7 in time to attack 8 but then...

Half way through lap 7, in a fast flowing rolling section, I feel the front end wobble a bit, like the headset is loose... half a second later Im in the dirt, pumped full of adrenaline, hoping I still have a face.

Check the teeth, check the face, check the body.. wrist is cut open from my watch and bleeding, Im a bit scraped, but otherwise Im in good shape. I dragged the bike to a good safe section, grabbed my water bottle and race number, and took off on foot to finish the lap. As much as it hurt to crash and burn, the thought occurred to me a few minutes later, "Hey, now I can buy that Bionicon Ive been wanting! SWEET!"

The word got out that I was injured and an EMT tried to stop me: "Hey, do you want to sit down so I can take a look at you"... "No man, I want to FINISH MY LAP!"

So I crossed the line with 7 laps, good enough for 5th place in the beginners class.

I must have a guardian angel following me because if I had broken in almost any other place on the track I could have gotten really hurt. I raced that bike at Lemurian and at Downieville last year! Imagine losing your front end on 3rd Divide at 35mph!
 

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I must have a guardian angel following me because if I had broken in almost any other place on the track I could have gotten really hurt. I raced that bike at Lemurian and at Downieville last year! Imagine losing your front end on 3rd Divide at 35mph!
Ouch. Glad you are ok.

Frankly, does not look like a frame for Downieville :) But now you have a perfect excuse to get any one you want.
 

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First off, thanks Bikemonkey for another fun year at Bogg's! This was my 3rd time at Bogg's and you guys just keep making it better each year! A very fun and well organized event. The weather could not have been more perfect this year! What a fun weekend, what I love about these events is how friendly everyone is. I never saw any sketchy passing or aggressive behavior. Everyone was cheerleading for each other and sharing the misery/fun.

I wasn't sure what to expect for myself going into it, my trining fell way way far off in the month leading up to Boggs so I decided to go and treat it as training for Cool in May. My goal was to do as many laps as felt good and then crack a beer when it wasn't fun anymore. I ended up doing 6 laps, wanted to do a 7th lap and gave it some serious thought but my screaming back and the promise of a waiting cold beer made the decision to call it at 6 an easy choice. I wanted to end the day feeling good not busted.

I did the first 4 laps back to back with about 5 minute breaks in between laps to stretch and eat. On the final climb on lap 4 my back starting really hurting, I took 15-20 minute breaks before heading out for laps 5 and 6 to try to let the Advil kick in before I set out again.

All in all good training for Cool, I hope to be competitive there. I figure if I can bust out 6 laps with very little in the way of training in the last month and with a little focus now I can be stronger for Cool. Keeping fingers crossed...
 

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Tyrone Shoelaces said:
Damn, what a kick ass ride/race! So glad my buddies & teammates convinced me to sign up for this thing. Super fun singletrack & great vibes in a place I'd never ridden before = one memorable weekend.

I don't have the best track record with endurance races, so my goals for this race were pretty humble. Maybe do 6 laps, maybe do 7. I had no idea what to expect. I'm mainly a skier (as evidenced by my blog in my sig line) in the winter rather than a biker, so I was just looking at Bogg's IV as a training ride for future endurance races later in the year but it turned out better than I expected. I hadn't done a mountain bike ride longer than 2 hours since October I think and hadn't done a road ride longer than 50 miles since Thanksgiving so I was going into this with low expectations.

Was able to grunt out 9 laps in about 8:08 total time with 7:56 riding time (times based on my Garmin). I stopped briefly between laps to throw off leg and arm warmers after the first & 2nd lap respectively. And stopped again after the fourth or 5th lap (can't remember which) to take off the supportive wrap around my bruised ribs that a teammate had prepared for me in the morning until the Advil could kick in. Ride stats: http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/activity/7893846

OK enough for 9th out of 27 in Singlespeed Open. Next time I will choose an easier gear (34x19 on a 29er was freakin tough in the second half of the day) and hopefully next time I will have some more adequate training under my belt. And hopefully next time will come soon with the Coolest 8 & 24 at Boggs in June! Can't wait!

Oh and Dez Wilder is an animal = 11 laps??? yowza....
Frigging solid showing Ron! Well done brother. Bummed I missed it.
 

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MichiganMat said:
Justin, you're something else man! I come out with a full buffet of food, drink, and chemicals to get me through... you show up with a bike and a camelback and polish off a whole other lap on me without trying. You're a beast dude.
I kept riding because I feared if I stopped for too long you would make me eat one of those potato/egg/olive oil/salt contraptions.

Glad you are OK and am proud of you for finishing the lap. :thumbsup: The Edison is going to be SCHWWWWWWWWWWWWEEEET!
 

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Unicycle + Boggs = Pain

First I would like to say thanks. Thanks to Carlos for letting us participate the event. Thanks for the encouraging words by bikers as you whizzed by while I was walking. Thanks for not running me over.

I knew it was going to be an interesting weekend when we were picking up our numbers and were met with "are you the unicycle guys?" How did she know?

This course was very challenging. The climbs proved to be a little more than my legs were able to muster. The first lap I tried to hammer the hills. But, they just seemed to keep climbing. I try not to be seen walking, but not on this course. It was a fabulous course and very fun. I ended up with three laps it took me around 6 hours. I had the time to go for a fourth but not the legs.

It was fun to begin to get to "know" riders as they came by once or twice a lap. There was "Giraffe guy", he had a rubber Giraffe on his handlebars. There was Bob Delp who said "Hi Gary" at least twice a lap. There was "The Guy In Yellow", always with something positive to say.

I hope to be back next year,
 
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