Two weeks to go. Who is signed up?
I told myself last year that I wasn't going to do it again this year. Then I had prostate cancer surgery three months ago and decided this would be a good carrot to get me back on the bike. My time trials on Diablo show that I'm as ready as I was last year so here I go.
Things I'll do different this year:
- Start spinning earlier - I powered my way through the Monitor climbs and used up my legs too early
- Meet up with my buddy at the bottom of descents instead of tops of climbs - I'm slower on the climbs than he is but much faster on the descents that he - we both ended up waiting, him at the tops and me at the bottoms - this way we are much better matched - worked for us over four doubles last year - that will save as much as 45 minutes
- I dumped all my gear off at my car before Carson - dumb - no rain gear when the cold rain started - I'll keep a thin raincoat with me this time
- Keep moving - I was wiped by Carson last year and stopped a lot after Picketts - moving slow is still better than fully stopped
Reading over the older posts on the DR it sounds like they start passing out stickers on the top of Monitor at 6:00am. Does anyone know for sure when they start?