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Every year I try my best to attend a early season point to point 65km race and this year was no different. The only difference was the fact that I had absolutely no time to prepare for it.

Typically I don't even think of doing this thing without a good base coming into it. This year, with work the way it was, home life with the kids and other random stuff pretty well taking up what remained of my time, I was headed into it with absolutely ZERO in terms of preparation.

Usually my goal is to do nothing but try and beat my previous best time here (a 2:22 finish) but seeing as there was no chance of beating that this year, I decided to punish myself further by doing the event on my fatbike.

My goal would be to strictly finish within the cutoff time. At least that way I could say I completed the race on my fatbike. :thumbsup: It was better than nothing.

Well, I accomplished my goal of strictly finishing but surprised myself by doing it well under 4hrs despite my zero preparation, so, overall, I was happy.

Km’s 0-20, I felt, “meh”.

Km’s 21 to 40 I felt SPECTACULAR! I nailed all climbs and just felt great! Good flow throughout rail, singletrack and gravel road sections within that distance.

Km’s 41 to 56 I was back to, “meh”.

57k to finish (65k) the wheels absolutely came off my bus!!! :eekster:

Holy hell did I ever come apart. I’ve never felt so crappy. Since I was the only fatbike present this year (out of 1200+ riders) I received constant (literally every 2 minutes) encouragement from other participants along the entire length of the course who, for the most part, thought I was nuts. :thumbsup: It really did help me push on though.

For real; I did appreciate it. I needed it. I walked part of the final climb as my left leg seized part of the way up in a way I’ve NEVER felt before. I thought it was over.....and by that point, only 2 km’s from the finish! I kept trying to massage it out but every time I went to stand up, my leg would seize again and I'd drop, screaming in agony. It took a good 5 or 10 minutes. I was locked.

I finally managed to clear the leg problem up and pressed on. The cheers took me by surprise on the final climb - it was crazy! All because of my choice of ride. Hahaha

My buddy James was with me at this point (we were walking the bikes up) but there was still 200 to 300 meters left of the final climb. I felt so bad that I didn't have the gas left to give "something" to the people along the side of the climb who where really cheering for ".....the fatbike guy". With that short 2 or 3 hundred metre distance left, I asked my buddy, “You ready for this buddy?”. He was in.

We mounted our bikes and rode the final stretch up to the line. One last push up to the finish.

I was flattered by all the support. The crowd was awesome. I was blown away. A couple of other buddies who had finished well ahead of me were waiting at the finish and a ways back. They heard the crowd get quite a bit louder and one mentioned “Steve must be coming.” He was right. It was really nuts. HAAHHA The crowd did get louder! :thumbsup: I was flattered and really appreciative as I was absolutely dying.

Riding across the line I tried to wheelie the finish for the photographers but could only get my front wheel off the ground about 2 inches. ;) I was THAT spent. As I rode by the photographers I apologized for failing in my attempt. LOL

I talked to the guys at the finish, went back to the truck, laid facedown in the dirt for a bit and then drank my chilled Strongbow I sooooooooooo deserved.

That’s it.

Done.

Fun.

See you next year..................only more prepared. But HEY!! I did it on my fatbike! :thumbsup:

The gravel felt so freaking nice.
 

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Ha great read and awesome picture! Love it. Nothing like "bonking" on a long hard ride, especially if you're clipped in. There have been a few times on my road bike I thought I was going to simply tip over because I could barely go fast enough to stay upright lol

I'm still cracking up at the pic lol epic
 

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What's crazy is that I wish I was back there doing it all over again.

Hahaha
 

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And before I completely came apart and was still looking like I was enjoying myself. ;) Absolute riot that day.......as always.
 

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I walked part of the final climb as my left leg seized part of the way up in a way I’ve NEVER felt before. I thought it was over.....and by that point, only 2 km’s from the finish! I kept trying to massage it out but every time I went to stand up, my leg would seize again and I'd drop, screaming in agony. It took a good 5 or 10 minutes. I was locked.
I don't know what everyone else calls it, but that right there is a cramp. Mtb bkng 101. It's a good one if your leg locks and you fall over in pain, immobilized.
 

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LMAO

No doubt it was. I've had many. I know what a cramp is. hahaha

My point was, I've never experience one that severe. Never had to deal with a cramp that you can literally SEE through Lycra. It was nutty and personally never happened to me before. It hurt bad indeed. I've always been really conscientious about hydration just for this reason but in this case it was simply my body telling me "enough is enough". Haha

Wasn't ready for it but pushed through.

Wasn't claiming to have some mystery event happen or nothing. Straight up cramp indeed.
 

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Have you ever bonked before? It doesn't matter how much you hydrate. Happens to me if I do more than 60 miles without eating. It's a hell of a feeling LOL
 

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Great story good work!
Keep in mind hydrating with water only won't work-you need that salt!

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Jesus. Hahaha This is getting off track fast.

I've been active in sport requiring hydration and neutrition a pretty long time. I know what is involved. In terms of bike racing, it's been very nearly 20 years so I've been through it all. Never cramped up like I did. True story. Even in the early days. I've felt like absolute sh!t before but have never locked up.

This isn't about hydration or neutrition. This is about a 41 year old, shift working father of two who gained 30+lbs since kids, who basically used chasing the kids around the house and pushing a pencil and mouse around a desk as training. To top it off, uses the least efficient bike in the quiver to complete a "race" he is totally unprepared for.

It has ZERO to do with anything except the fact that I'm out of shape. Hahaha

That's it.

Again, my point/goal was to have fun and finish within the cutoff: on my fatbike.

Mission accomplished. Not complaining.

LOL
 

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No worries. Many of us have been through the "cramp so bad if you try to get up you just fall back over again in excruciating pain" where it takes "a while" for the muscle to "unlock" and almost any slight exertion using it will cause it to go right back to that cramp.

IMO, it's not necessarily avoidable, you're just out there pushing it hard. Even when hydrating like a mofo and ingesting salts, I've still managed to do it on National at South Mountain, due to all of the power-moves required on the rocks and not using a granny gear (which kind of makes the power-moves harder anyways because the granny doesn't give you enough speed and momentum for the rock moves). Better fitness will help, but you can always push yourself to that limit!
 

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...........IMO, it's not necessarily avoidable, you're just out there pushing it hard. Even when hydrating like a mofo and ingesting salts...........
Exactly, and that's what I'm saying.

I'm out of shape......................................my body had had enough. LOL

It had nothing to do with anything else.

People keep missing the point of the post though.

Folks keep focussing on a cramp I had for Christ sakes. LMAO
 
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