A few people have asked -- the Big Dumb Ride (BDR) is now a few days away.
Mechanical shakedown ride will be tomorrow (Wednesday). This is a final check that all is well with our bikes. Thursday I am taking entirely off (I'm having dental work done) and then on Friday we'll come home from work, pack up the gear, and head to the hotel near the venue.
Sign-ins start at 6am on Saturday and I'll be rolling on the course around 7:45am. The course is open until 4pm, though I hope to be done by around 2pm. Mrs. Durden is also doing the ride, but is signed up for the 'fun ride' while I'm headed for the century (100mi). We'll see each other regularly around the course, and plan to ride together for parts of it. But for the majority of my day, I'll be on my own, or making friends with strangers as best I can.
I'm as ready as I think I could have been. I followed a 10 week training plan, but started it knowing that I'd fall short of it due to weather and RL commitments -- and I did. I fell well short, actually. But I'm exiting the training period stronger than I've been in a long while, perhaps ever.
I'm also far smarter about what I need to eat and drink to function at a high aerobic rate for 3, 4, or 6 hours without leg cramps, gastrointestinal distress, or early energy drop (aka "bonking"). I've been doing endurance events for awhile now, but hadn't been happy with the results of my nutritional plan until this year.
As I type, the forecast for this weekend continues to churn. The past few days the long term models have been highly favorable for a good riding day. At the moment, it's 80% chance of rain and thunderstorms, which makes me less than happy. Hopefully the weather systems involved accelerate or decelerate and give me the day I need to be successful.