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California City – TS 1

Posted: October 8, 2011 in The 508

Just checked into Time Station with a time of 4 hours and 51 minutes. Dave Nash on the bike making good time. Crew is well and David is trying to rest.

The windmills of Tehachapi

Posted: October 8, 2011 in The 508

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We have entered the hills of Tehachapi with thw wimdmills barely moving, thats a good thing. David is working hard and doing an excellent job of keeping pace. The weather is a perfect sunny 66 degrees and very little breeze. He should be to california city in a little over a hour and then it’s my turn, can’t wait to get on the bike.

All systems go….T minus 11 hours

Posted: October 8, 2011 in The 508

Well it’s finnally here, i have waited over 10 years for this day and it’s less then 11 hours away.
We made it to Santa Clarita this afternoon for race check in, vehicle and bike inspection and the pre race meeting. Went food shopping and got the van all organized and all that is left is to get a good night sleep, which i will do as soon as i finish writing.

We will be updating this blog as much as we can along with my facebook page. You can also follow the race on a live webcast at this link.

http://www.the508.com/2011web/index.html

Thank you everyone for your words of encouragement and your kind support.

What’s the deal with the Jellyfish?

Posted: October 5, 2011 in The 508

So you are probably asking yourself, “What’s the deal with the jellyfish?”

Well…for the 508 you have to pick an animal that will be your totem. Once you have picked a totem and complete the race the totem will always be yours and you will use it each time you race. Here is what Chris Kostman says in regards to the totem for the 508.

“We don’t use numbers to identify racers in the Furnace Creek 508. How boring! How impersonal! Furnace Creek 508 uses animal totems to identify riders. Several 508 racers entered the race primarily to receive their totem. On more than one occasion, the race director was offered the full entry fee just to assign someone a totem, but without the intention of starting the race.” (Such requests are turned down. You have to start the race to make the totem permanent! In fact, effective retroactively in 2009, totems are NOT permanent unless the racer finishes.)

We chose the Iraconji since it is so stealthy , deadly and there is not a lot known about this interesting little invertebrate, plus it kinda has a cool sounding name. I had the idea for the artwork and did some sketches but Robin was really able to put it together. Then a friend of ours, Rachel Brandzel ran it through Photoshop and cleaned up the design even more. It came out perfect and will be displayed on our signage for our support vehicle.

“Adventure is worthwhile…”

Posted: October 3, 2011 in The 508

And now a word from David

I do not blog, I do not do Facebook and I have not done a race like the 508.  Therefore, this site and the event which is its impetus will be new ground for me in a lot of ways.

My riding buddy, Dave, has a no-fear attitude about all kinds of biking adventures and I really like that.  As he mentioned, when he first brought up the idea of doing the 508 I didn’t hesitate to accept the challenge because adventures have an intrinsic value all their own.  However, as we have ridden more rides/races together over the past year this one seems to loom bigger than most because of the sheer number of feet to be climbed, the unmatched harshness of the surrounding environment and the fact that it’s basically a five hundred and eight mile time trial where drafting and team tactics are not allowed.

Yes, it is that light!

Physically, I feel I’m in about as good of shape (as it relates to cycling) as I have ever been.   If it hadn’t been for a couple of wild incidents (a major medical issue and a bad crash), our LOTOJA team would have had a new personal best time this year.  Other centuries and “century plus” rides I have done this year have felt really good, but my sense is that this race is going to be more mentally challenging than physically challenging.  With a target time of just over forty hours to complete the ride, rest will be at a premium and the weather could play a major role in how we do, but mental toughness will be key.

I don’t know if this will be one of those adventures that turns into a repeated event, but my confidence is bolstered by Dave due to his intimate knowledge of the mechanics of this race and having had some really good rides/races under my belt this year before we go out and tackle this beast.

As Aristotle said, “adventure is worthwhile…”

My training is done.

Posted: October 2, 2011 in The 508

2010 Death Valley Double Century.

I have spent the last 5 months preparing for October 8th, the start of The Furnace Creek 508. I have dreamt of this race and this day for the last 10 years or so and I can’t believe it is finally here. I spent many grueling hours on the road some with my wife Robin some with the team-mate David, but most alone with some music and my thoughts. I feel I am ready both physically and mentally and will spend the next week getting ready equipment wise. David and I are lucky to have a great friend of mine as our crew chief, Chuck Clements. Chuck is a veteran at crewing with 5 Furnace Creek races, 1 Race Across America and 5 Badwater Ultra Marathons, we are in the best hands. We also have on our team my wife Robin who I know will do an incredible job taking care of us, her experience lies in over a dozen century rides in the last 2 years and racing the Rockwell Relay, a 536 mile race through Utah she and  raced on our tandem. Lastly Heath Bernstein will be on our team also. A friend of mine Heath is a fellow cyclist whom I’ve ridden with over the last 3 years, unfortunately Heath was hit by a call in January and suffered a broken hip, along with many other broken bones. He has not been able to ride since his accident but jumped at the chance to be on our crew for the race. This will be Heaths rookie year as a crew member but I think he may be back for more.