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Chequamegon 100 Recap May 28, 2010

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I rode the Chequamegon 100 last saturday along with Dark, Mike S, Ryan G. and Bob T.  The race was a real endurance test, as I was on the course for over 15 hours.  There was a water stop at mile 20 and a bag drop at mile 55.  The course was mostly unmarked for the race and directions were provided by a cue sheet.  There are miles and miles and miles of trails in the area and navigating proved to be nearly as difficult as the riding itself.  By my best count, I probably spent about 2-3 hours either on the wrong trail (lost) or looking at the cue sheet trying to figure out which way to go.

Overall, the race was a fantastic experience.  I typically don’t run or ride in a group with others, mostly due to my own desire to stick to my own pace.  But this race worked out quite well for some group riding and I thoroughly enjoyed the riding companionship I had with Mike, Dark, Larry, David and Lisa.  The latter 3 are riders that I met on the course and while I like to think I helped push them a bit, I am glad they were pushing me.

Lisa gets special kudos for pulling me through the double track and gravel roads, in addition to donating to the Where’s Chris Scotch cause.  Lisa is a roadie who took up mountain biking about a year ago.  I am putting everyone on notice now, she will be good!  The last 15 or so miles Lisa and I found ourselves lost and in the dark contemplating whether or not to bail on the course and find the shortest way out, or to stick with the cue sheet.  With the help of her compass and maps, we found our way along the correct route and finished together just after 10 pm.

The grassroots nature of this event coupled with the excellent single track and sheer endurance aspect make this an “A” event in my book and I look forward to participating again next year.

There were quite a few times that I found myself tired, hungry and wondering how I would be able to finish.  When these things happened I remembered why I am competing the 2010 events – for Katelyn and St. Jude – and that the “pain” I was feeling was really just a fraction of what Katelyn has endured.  And if she can make it though with her infectious zest for life, then I certainly can.  Thanks for your inspiration Katelyn!!

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Final Ride to get ready for the Cheqaumegon 100 May 21, 2010

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Went out for about an hour and a half tonight after baseball practice for a nice easy spin.  More to get my rear ready than my legs.  I am trying not to think about how raw things will get after 100 sweaty miles.

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Temps in the low 80’s and party cloudy.  Could be cooler, but could also be much worse I suppose.

I will be driving over tomorrow night after work with Ryan and Mike – two com padres also looking to batter their bodies this weekend.  We are meeting Dark at the AmericaInn tomorrow night and the ride starts at 7:00 sharp on Saturday.

No support, directions provided by Cue  sheets.  I am hoping to finish in less than 12 hours, but it’s hard to guesstimate when dealing with 100 miles of single track.

I will check back in after the weekend to let you know how things went.

Apple Blossom Race – 10k May 18, 2010

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My first “official” race in the Where’s Chris Scotch campaign took place this past weekend.  I joined up with a couple friends and ran the Apple Blossom 10k race this past Sunday morning.  The weather was perfect and the company even better.  The organizers of this event provide a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Environmental Education curriculum at the Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center.  I am always a fan of supporting nature and education, especially if I can do it at the same time.

I would recommend this race for its moderately challenging course and the post-race pizza!

Chris

MapMyRun.com – Mountain Biking – General: General Road Cycling – on mtb on 05/09/2010 May 10, 2010

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MapMyRun.com – Mountain Biking – General: General Road Cycling – on mtb on 05/09/2010.

Sponsors/Partners May 4, 2010

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ESA Minnesota

Hammond’s Candies

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Scheduled Events May 4, 2010

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Apple Blossom  – 10k – Hastings, MN    May 16, 2010

Chequamegon 100 – Seeley, WI     May 22, 2010

Boulder Boulder – Boulder, CO     May 31, 2010 (With Hammond’s Candies)

Grandma’s Marathon – Duluth, MN     June 19, 2010

City of Lakes Tri-Loppet – Minneapolis, MN  June 26, 2010

Twin Cities Marathon – Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN     Ocotber 3, 2010

Memphis Marathon – Memphis, TN     December 4, 2010

If you have a race that you would like me to attend, just let me know!  Have legs and will race for donations!!

First run on the bike May 4, 2010

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In prep for the Chequamegon 100, I rode my mountain bike for the first time since the Tri-Loppett last June.  Logged about 16 miles on some local bike paths.  This will be the first endurance event for my campaign.